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Article: The origin of the Easter Bunny

The origin of the Easter Bunny

 Spring is finally here, which means that Easter is just around the corner…Do you know the origin of the spring bunny and where it came from?


As with so many of our ancient customs, the origins of the Easter reaches far back into the pagan past, they believed that the sun went to sleep during the winter, spring season was to welcome the sun back from its rest.

The Easter bunny began life as the Germanic and Saxon goddess of the dawn and the spring, Eostre, whose sacred animal was the hare.

Spring season marks the time when the natural world comes to life again after the winter. Hares are just one of the many animals that breed in the spring,  it was their strong association with the goddess that sealed their link with Easter.

The brown hare is native to England and experts believe that rabbits, native to Spain and France, were introduced into the wild in Britain by the Normans after 1066. These rabbits soon multiplied, vastly outnumbering the native hare. Their skill for reproducing, perhaps, made them a more suitable symbol for fertility and rebirth.

Along with the hare, eggs are also a very ancient symbol of fertility and new life. Decorating and giving eggs to symbolise the rebirth of the world, are ancient ways of celebrating the arrival of spring.
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In Germany, the Easter hare was said to bring a basket of painted eggs to good children, and these would then be hidden for the children to find. Queen Victoria, whose mother was German, organised egg hunts for her children at Kensington Palace and this helped to bring the tradition to Britain.