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Surprising Origins of the Easter Bunny

Updated on March 27, 2018

There's No Easy Answer

You may have noticed that Easter is traditionally a celebration among Christians of Jesus' resurrection. Something that the bible doesn't describe is a long-eared, short-tailed, whiskered bunny that comes around filling children's Easter baskets. However, over time this "Easter Bunny" has become an important symbol to represent the Christian holiday. You might expect to hear one solid easy answer, but there simply isn't any. There are multiple theories of how and where the Easter Bunny began. Here we'll debunk all of them so you can decide where the Easter Bunny really came from.

Theory #1

Some believe that the Easter Bunny came about during the 1700's. Many believe that German immigrants brought their tradition known as "Osterhase" with them when they settled in Pennsylvania. Their children would make little nests in which The Easter Bunny, could lay it's eggs. Mysteriously, the next morning kids would find chocolate, candy, and gifts among their nests. Eventually, this custom spread across the country and even some parts of the world. Now children use baskets instead of nests, and the presents have become for extravagant. One thing will always remain the same though, kids love candy and as long as they do we will sticking to the Easter Bunny tradition.

Theory #2

Some believe that the Easter Bunny wasn't only a German tradition and that it dated all the way back to ancient times. The Hare's unusual behavior especially at night only started it's reputation as a magical creature. Another notable fact is that Rabbit's give birth to large liters in the early spring, right around the Easter Holiday. The hare became a symbol of the rising fertility of the earth. Also in ancient times, it was believed that a rabbit could reproduce while keeping its virginity. Sound familiar? In Christianity, Mary, the mother of the Savior is believed to be a virgin. In medieval times, it was popular for churches to be decorated with rabbits and hare's. Many believe that the first known reference to the Easter bunny was in a German book written by George Frank. The book was written in 1682, referencing the German tradition. Thus the tradition stuck and the Easter Bunny is still a favorite among children to this day.

Theory #3

Some think that the celebration of "The Ostara" sparked our love for the Easter bunny. Who is the Ostara? She was known as the goddess of spring time. Her symbol was a rabbit. Since this celebration happened right around the time of Easter, it wasn't very long until people started associating the popular Easter bunny with the Christian holiday. And to many, that is why we still associate the Easter bunny with Easter to this day.

Did you know?

During Easter, 90,000,000 chocolate bunnies are produced every year!


It's Time For You to Decide!

As you can see, there are many theories of how Easter was started and there are even more that we didn't cover. However, if you read all three you'll notice that they have some similarities and some differences. Which one do you think is right?



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