It is well known that the hare does not lay eggs, and therefore probably is not responsible for the colorful stains we find every year in our nests at Easter time. So where did the stories of the Easter Bunny come from, and why are eggs given away for Easter? We will give you a brief outline of the Easter miracles ... Easter is considered the oldest celebration of Christian churches. Originally this festival was a reminder of the death of Jesus Christ, not his resurrection. It is generally assumed that the word Easter was derived from the Germanic spring goddess "Ostara". More probable is the derivation of the Germanic word "ostar", which is east, i. in the direction of the rising sun.
There are many explanations of how the Easter Bunny came into play. We just want to offer you a small selection here:
- The spring goddess Ostara was assigned as a sacred animal a hare
- In ancient Byzantium, the hare was considered an animal symbol for Jesus Christ
- The rabbit stands for fertility due to its many boys
- Debtors used to pay interest to their creditors on Maundy Thursday, which could be paid in eggs or in rabbits
- Adults told children that the hare brings the eggs, as it is nimbler and cuter than hens and thus more believable
Whether the history of Hare really goes back to the lack of argumentation of adults or Christian symbolism, we will not be able to unravel here.
... and the Easter egg?
Again, there are several approaches:
- The egg was, like the hare, as a means of payment
- Eggs symbolize life, the beginning of life, purity, fertility and resurrection
- In the tombs of the dead eggs were laid, as these, like graves, keep something hidden. Here the relation to the resurrection of Jesus Christ becomes clear
- The gift of an egg was considered a love gift
We hope you enjoyed our little excursion into the Easter traditions. Finally, the question remains to clarify what was first: chicken or egg, rabbit or chicken, eggs or Easter ...