History of the Easter Bunny
The most cheerful and bright spring holiday, of course, is Easter. For many people, it is associated with Easter cakes, colorful eggs, and even a rabbit. Are you surprised? Let's see what sort of attitude to this holiday has a rabbit, and why he carries Easter eggs?
Easter Bunny (rabbit) is a symbol of Easter in the West, the same as in Russia and Ukraine - Easter cakes and colored eggs.
Children in Europe and America believe in the fairy story that the Easter Bunny hides in its nest multicolored chocolate eggs. On Easter morning, the kids have to find the nest, to get sweets. However, goodies the rabbit brings, only to the good and well-mannered children, about this they are told by their parents during a year.
How has the rabbit become a symbol of Easter?
History of the Easter Bunny has originated as early as the pre-Christian Germany when people worshiped pagan gods.
People worshiped at that time to the goddess of spring and fertility Ostara. The onset of spring, namely, the vernal equinox was her holiday, and a symbol of this holiday became the rabbit as the most prolific animal, which symbolizes fertility.
But why the rabbit got the role of the animal that hides eggs? Chicken carries the eggs! It turns out that chicken just could not bear such beautiful and colorful eggs. The Germans had to come up with another fairy tale character. The bunny got the role of a magical animal that carries the magic eggs.
There exist several other legends of the appearance of the Easter Bunny. One of them says that during the Great Flood when the ark floated on the waves, he came across on the top of the mountain, and the bottom was broken. And the ark would have gone to a depth if the bunny would not close the hole using his tail. And in the memory of the brave rabbit, the fabulous stories were born.
Another legend says that carrying eggs, rabbits like to redeem their guilt before the people for their spring raids on orchards and gardens.
But who came up with the custom to hide colored eggs, really no one knows. Some scholars of history say that it is Goethe himself came up with such an entertainment for his guests. Adults with children were looking for eggs in the garden under the bushes, and when under a bush next find was discovered, no one doubted that it was not chickens bringing the eggs, but rabbits.
And people say, in fact, the one who managed to find the egg laid by the Easter Bunny, the whole year will be happy.
Popularity of the magic rabbit
It is believed that the Easter Bunny is originally from Germany, because just there, and the first written mention of it was found. Together with migrants, legends about the Easter Bunny had come to North America, and already there it became as much a symbol of Easter, as in Germany.
Easter in Germany lasts two days - Sunday and Monday. The state took care of their faithful and has announced these two days the official holidays.
During the holiday, the image of the bunny is used for home decor and yard. The door people usually decorate using Easter wreaths, which are decorated with flowers and branches.
The parishioners go to the church with branches which priests should sanctify. It is believed that later, the consecrated and dried branches will protect the house from the effects of weather, storms, and disease.
In Munich, in honor of the rabbit even was opened a museum that got into the Guinness Book of Records. After all, this museum had more than 1,000 varieties of exhibits: rabbits' figurines made of wood, porcelain, sugar, postcards, and molds for making sweet rabbits and more.
All exhibits were complied with in its own time. There were toy bunnies beginning of the XIX century and rabbits made during the First World War, dressed in military uniforms.
Unfortunately, in 2005, 5 years after the death of the founder of the museum, Manfred Cloud, the museum was closed, and part of the collection sold out.
The celebration of Easter and Easter bunnies
In many countries, the Easter celebration is accompanied by parades. People dress up like bunnies. Shops are selling postcards and chocolate rabbits, different soft toys.
Solemn procession in Spain is called an Easter walk, during which the boys go with palm paws and girls - with sweets. The festively dressed priest blesses children. The most striking procession is considered to be an Easter procession in Seville.
In Verges, the men dress up on the Easter in a scary skeleton costume, and then walk through the alleys and induce fear in the locals.
In Russia and Ukraine, the rabbit is not a symbol of Easter. In our country, next to the colored eggs, still sits a chicken as the prototype of a mother who protects her chicks. It is a symbol of family and love.
Our Easter traditions: Easter cakes, painted eggs, chimes and small buns in the form of birds - larks.
However, whatever the character of this feast, one constant remains: Easter - the most joyful holiday, which brings happiness, warmth, and goodness in the hearts of all of us.