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10 Things You Didn't Know About The Easter Bunny

Updated on March 2, 2012

Who is the Easter Bunny?

The Easter Bunny is an internationally recognized symbol for Easter, the way Santa Claus is for Christmas. The history of the Easter Bunny dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon spring festival to honor the Goddess of Spring, “Eastre,” which is to evolve into the more modern spelling “Easter.” Eastre also symbolizes fertility and thus she is represented by the rabbit or a hare, recognized as among the most prolific animals around.

There are many traditions about Easter and the Easter Bunny that we may not know about. It will be interesting to go through some of them and discover how they came to be over the years. There are some things that may come as a surprise...

My Top 10 Facts about Easter and the Easter Bunny

1. Easter started off as a Pagan celebration

Anglo-Saxons celebrated spring as a coming of new life. The early Christian missionaries, in their efforts to convert members of the Teutonic race adopted certain aspects of the spring festival as it coincided with the Christian celebration of the Resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ.

2. The German immigrants brought the Easter tradition to America

The German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s brought the tradition with them. Their children were made to believe that if they behaved, the Easter Bunny will come and lay eggs in the nests made of upturned hats and bonnets as prepared by the children. The practice of hiding and hunting for Easter eggs is believed to have started in Southern Germany. As a result, most of the Easter Party Games and other Easter Bunny Games revolve around eggs. It may not be surprising to find Online Easter Games.

3. Dyeing Easter eggs

In many cultures, the egg is a symbol of rebirth. The practice of dyeing eggs is said to have originated with the early Greek and Syrian Christians who were supposed to exchange crimson colored eggs on Easter morning “to represent the blood of Christ.” In other countries, the eggs got wrapped up in gold leaf or, in more frugal households, were “dyed” by being boiled with leaves or colorful petals of certain flowers.

4. Bejewelled Faberge’ Eggs

The giving of the world renowned bejewelled Faberge eggs during Easter began with a Russian Tsar who wanted to gift the Tsarina with something unique and ordered the court jeweller, Faberge, to make this special gift. The first creation was an egg that can be opened to reveal a golden yolk with a hen with ruby eyes inside it. Up to 1917, when the Russian monarchy was overthrown, Faberge eggs were the favoured gifts in the Imperial court of Russia.

5. Dressing up for Easter Service

Based on an old superstition that said wearing new clothes for Easter will bring good luck to the wearer, upper-class New Yorkers would come out of the churches on Fifth Avenue dressed to the nines after Easter Service and parade and promenade down the street. This is believed to be the origins of the modern day Fifth Avenue Easter Day Parade, an event romanticized in a Hollywood film.

6. Edible Easter Eggs and Bunnies

The very first Easter Bunnies that were suitable for eating were made in Germany in the early 1800. Instead of being made from chocolate, they consisted purely of sugar and pastry. The first chocolate eggs were said to have been made in Europe in the early 19th century. They remain the most popular Easter treat. It is reported that 90 million chocolate Easter Bunnies are manufactured in America each year. The Guinness Book of World Records attest to the largest Easter Egg ever made. Astonishingly, the combination of chocolate and marshmallows measured over 25 feet high and weighed 8,968 lbs! It had to be supported by an internal steel frame!


7. Easter Bunny Trivia

Around five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced for Easter selling.

It is said that 76% of Americans who receive and eat their Easter Bunny chocolates bite the ears off first!

8. Easter in the Fall

In the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons come during the opposite times relative to the Northern Hemisphere. Thus, in Australia, Easter comes during the Fall Season. In the city of Sydney, Australia and its environs, there is a large agricultural show called the “Royal Easter Show.” Many people flock to the event which features a variety of produce, animals, rides, fireworks, food, parades, sideshows and fun from all around the world.

9. Kites over Bermuda

A Bermudan teacher used the kite to symbolize the risen Christ during Easter time and thus began the tradition of kite flying on Easter morning.

10. The OZ Bunny

It is not Bunny Rabbit that symbolizes Easter Down Under but the Bilby, which is an Australian species of a nocturnal omnivorous animal belonging to the Peramelemorphia order. The Bilby is preferred over the Bunny as it is native to Australia and because the rabbit has been perceived as a destructive animal within the OZ context.


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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      You're right - I didn't know some of these Easter Bunny facts. I love the Easter dressing up tradition - what a wonderful reason for a new outfit! I'm not sure about the bilby though - I am Australian and it is definitely bunnies through and through for our family at Easter.

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      dbuddhika 5 years ago

      This is informative hub.Voted up as useful

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I didn't know most of these. I'm now hoping for a visit from the Easter Bilby tonight! Do you suppose he ever makes it up to the northern hemisphere?

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi cclitgirl, that's great! When I read your hub I was so impressed by the info you found; I think the two hubs go hand-in-hand. Thanks for the reciprocal link, too!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      Here it is! Woohoo! Another great hub and great information here! I'm linking to my hub now! :D Voted up and across.

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hey there Jeannie, so you're an ear-biter too then? LOL. Poor bunnies need counselling... thanks for the votes and share!

      Hi Audrey, nice tip about the onion skin, thanks for sharing that! Have a great day.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Interesting hub! We grew up using onion skin to dye eggs---they turn out this beautiful golden color--

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is just so cute! I am also one of those people that start "ear first" when eating a chocolate bunny. In my head, I think it hurts the bunny less that way. Yeah, I have issues. Voted up and shared!

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi MM, it was really interesting to research and write about this topic! I have a few more Easter surprises on the way, too X

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Ruchira, thanks for coming by and voting up! Your feedback is always so much appreciated!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi cloverleaf, I have just learnt 10 things about the easter bunny! all fascinating and new to me!!

      Great hub and voting up! x

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Great informative hub, cloverleaf.

      Did not know that Germans got this to America.

      Voted up as useful

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      I'm an ear-biter for sure!

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Nice to see you back Cloverleaf

      A fun and interesting hub to read. I didn't know about the Bilby

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Figures that the Germans originated the whole bunny thing (and I can say that because my ancestors were German.) Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub! I second Linda that these were fun and interesting facts.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fun and interesting facts!!! The ears are the best part!:)

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      jm72writes 6 years ago from Missouri

      I found this fascinating. I always enjoy learning the history behind things.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      I never realized that Easter is celebrated in the fall in Australia, but it makes sense. There were definitely things I didn't know about Easter in your well written and informative hub!

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      This was really fascinating. I have always wondered what on earth a bunny and eggs had to do with Easter and now I know thanks to you. I will have to pay careful attention this Easter to see if the ears are eaten off chocolate bunnies first.