Ever wonder how the Easter Bunny and the basket of eggs came to be? Just in case you didn’t know… here’s a little history on the much celebrated day!
According to the “University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture,
the origin of the celebration and Easter Bunny can be traced back to the
13th-century. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and
fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her
symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.
The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the
first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was
published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s,
when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country.”
Eventually, the whole tradition of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs came thereafter.
What happened next? Well, these nests soon became decorated baskets with colorful eggs, treats, and other small gifts.
And there you have it! Happy Easter Everyone.
~Story courtesy of www.discovery.com “What Does The Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?”