At the grand old age of 36, it has suddenly occurred to me that I have absolutely NO IDEA why there is an Easter Bunny. I can see the link between Easter and eggs (symbolising new life but also refers to the fasting for Lent) but bunnies have me completely stumped!
Time to get researching…
According to my good friend Wikipedia, the first mention of the Easter hare (as it was called then) was in Germany in the 1600s. The hare would judge children’s behaviour in the same way as Santa Claus and reward them with eggs for being good.
It turns out that rabbits and hares symbolise new life too as they have lots of babies!
It has also been proposed that rabbits may have a link to the Saxon goddess of the Spring whose name was Eostre (also known as Ostara).
As Easter Day is also April Fool’s Day, I thought I would finish with some Easter jokes!
Why did the Easter Bunny cross the road?
He was chasing the chicken that lays chocolate eggs!
How does the Easter Bunny keep fit?
Eggs-ercise and hare-obics
What does the Easter Bunny think of chocolate?
Why was the Easter Bunny grumpy?
He was having a bad hare day!