We are so accustomed to attributing rabbits to the adorable Cadbury chocolate egg wielding ball of fluff, that we never really think on their history and how they came about being part of this holiday. So I thought I’d dig into the history of Easter celebrations and learn all about them. And maybe find out what’s up with delicious chocolate eggs. So put the chocolate bunny down and enjoy the read.
Okay let’s start with eggs. Because we enjoy leaving a trail of chocolate egg wrappers everywhere. Originally eating eggs (the real eggs) was forbidden by the church for the week of Good Friday and Easter. Any eggs laid that week were decorated and given out to the children.
And now for the Easter bunny, also called “Easter Hare” was born in Germany. He was first thought up to encourage children to be good and if you were, he would come with eggs. On some occasions he also brings small toys. Sound familiar? Rabbits also have generally large liters (kittens), which represents new life. The earliest documented case comes from the early 15 hundreds. And then again in 1700s in Germany, whose migration to America brought along this tradition which obviously stuck.
The bunny is also part of other cultures and is seen as everything from spirit guides to being seen as mischievous, but overall they are seen as representations of life and fertility.
So now where did the chocolate bunnies and eggs from Hell come from? In Victorian time they were giving children satin covered eggs to celebrate with. Then in France in the 19th centuries they began making chocolate eggs and bunnies. Obviously they became popular leading us all to be battling tight jeans.
Unfortunately like all holidays in America, we somehow turn the importance and focus of the actual holiday to material gifts. And it becomes a store holiday just like Christmas. We all have lost sight of what these holidays truly are about. There is one big positive here and that is it’s another day you can spend with your family and nothing is better or worth more than that.
Hope you had a great Easter…