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The Easter Bunny



Easter is a time for renewal and rebirth. The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs began as two separate symbols for the same thing – fertility. And they were used to celebrate the coming of spring. Rabbits tend to breed the most during the spring (as most creatures do) and are remarkably prolific procreators. This made these furry creatures a natural representation of fertility.

The term Easter was derived from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Eostre,’ the name of the goddess of spring. Easter was not considered a ‘Christian’ festival until the fourth century. Early Christians celebrated Passover on the 14th day of the first month and a study of the dates on which Easter is celebrated will reveal that the celebration of Easter is not observed in accordance with the prescribed time for the observance of Passover.

After much debate, the Nicaean council of 325 A.D. decreed that ‘Easter’ should be celebrated on the first Sunday after the vernal equinox.

Likewise, eggs are considered a symbol of Life. The custom of an Easter egg hunt began because children believed wrongly that hares laid eggs in the grass. The Romans believed that “All life comes from an egg.” Christians consider eggs to be “the seed of life” and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Real live rabbits are not easy pets for children to keep, as the video below shows. The following link gives interesting information about the origin of Easter.


http://www.petsave.org/rabbit-care     How to look after rabbits if you really want one

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