The Surprising Meaning & Origin of the Easter Symbols

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Easter Symbols: Easter Bunnies

Throughout the world, a variety of imaginative tales have developed to explain to children how eggs “appear” on Easter morning. Often the tales involve animals that are personified in one sense or another.

The first recorded evidence of an Easter bunny (or hare) was in a book called De Ovis Paschalibus (About the Easter Egg) by Georg Franck von Frankenau (1643-1704) in which he recorded that the tradition existed in Alsace (a region in modern day France that was previously populated by Germans).

The tradition was probably brought to America by German immigrants, along with the practice of setting out hats and bonnets in the hope that the Easter bunny would leave eggs for Easter morning (a precursor to the modern Easter basket).

Furthermore, there is a diverse assortment of animals that are said to deliver eggs in other countries. For example, in Switzerland, a cuckoo delivers eggs, and in Westphalia (a region in Germany), it is a fox. The personification of animals has been a favorite subject for children over many centuries.

There is no clear evidence, by the way, to suggest that the symbol of the bunny was borrowed from paganism (as is often claimed).

In fact, some Christians find that the Easter bunny is a particularly good choice as a “mascot” of Easter.

Since bunnies emerge from their underground burrows, they can serve as a symbolic representation of the resurrection of Christ as he emerges from his tomb on Easter Sunday.

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Flowers are also a big part of Easter.

Why do we display certain flowers, such as Easter Lilies, during the Easter celebration?

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