Easter without colorful eggs and chocolate Easter bunnies? No, today it is not imaginable! The two have established themselves as typical symbols of Easter. It teaches even small children that on Easter Sunday Master Lampe brings the Easter eggs with them, hiding them in the garden in the grass where the little ones have to look for them. This always means a lot of fun and a good mood for young and old. Logically, however, the question arises, why one connects the hare with the eggs? That sounds a bit strange, is not it? If such thoughts are also in your head, then you just have to keep reading. Here we try to briefly reveal this old riddle.
Although the Easter Bunny is today the typical symbol of Easter, its origin is not yet clearly established and raises many questions to which we do not yet find a clear answer. Historically, pagan and Christian legends and legends are intertwined in the origins of the Easter Bunny. And they have a century-long history. Even in antiquity, the hare was associated with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There, the hare is portrayed as the companion of the goddess of love Aphrodite and in Germanic mythology as the favorite animal of the Germanic goddess of Earth Holda. There are many examples of ancient art and architecture that depict the long ear as a symbol of life and rebirth. In medieval church icon painting, the hare was still presented as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. We can look further back in history and find other interesting facts. For example, it is believed today that the hare was the symbol of the ancient Germanic spring goddess Ostara. One of the Grimm brothers, Jacob Grimm, has claimed this for the first time. He referred to the investigations of an old Anglo-Saxon monk and church historian named Beda, who tried to explain the name of Easter with the ancient Germanic goddess Eostrae. From Eostrae or Ostara comes the word Easter, in the English-speaking countries – Easter. In many legends, the goddess Ostara is portrayed as the fertility goddess, she was actually celebrated in March. As the offspring of rabbits are born in March, the sweet animal is also associated with fertility. His population is huge in the spring, that’s an undisputed fact. And, as you know, the old symbolism of Easter is exactly the beginning of life and fertility. So it has prevailed and the hare has become the symbol of Easter. That’s why he brings the eggs on Easter Sunday!
However, there are peoples or individual regions that do not see it that way. According to their long traditions, other animals bring the Easter eggs there. For example, this may be the cuckoo, the fox sometimes comes in this role, but very often colorful Easter eggs are brought by the stork or another migratory bird. This again proves the fact that the interpretation of ancient myths, legends and legends can be quite different. One thing is certain, however: in the German-speaking world, the Easter Bunny is mentioned in documents for the first time in 1682. The oldest known source are the scientific writings of the old professor of medicine Georg Franck to Franckenau. The professor reported on the Easter bunny with the sole purpose of warning people against high-consumption eggs during Lent. But this has been understood differently and since the end of the 17th century until today, the hare is an inseparable part of the festival. Even in some federal states, the Easter eggs are still called hare eggs.
Actually, the little kids do not care what we call the colorfully colored eggs. They are always happy when they find them out in the grass or discover them somewhere hidden at home. Especially when the chocolate eggs are. And the Easter bunny made of chocolate immediately conjures up a big smile on their faces. Easter can be so beautiful!
We wish you a happy Easter with much joy and fun!