The Myth of the Myth of the Easter Bunny
Every festival is connected with an icon that symbolizes its significance: Ramadan lamps, Christmas Santa Claus, and Hanukah oil lanterns.
With Easter already at our doorsteps, some people are wondering why it has always been connected with bunnies and eggs, despite the fact that bunnies don’t even lay eggs!
The image of a rabbit wearing a pink bowtie clutching a basket of eggs and hopping around a green field on a sunny day comes to mind when the word “Easter Bunny” is mentioned.
The Easter Bunny’s origins are a mystery, according to Time magazine, and there are various myths that give theories.
According to one popular theory, the connection between bunnies and Easter dates back to the 5th century, when Ostara, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, was always accompanied by a bunny signifying fertility at every Ostara festival, a celebration celebrated at the start of spring, according to History.
The Ostara Festival featured bunnies and eggs, and Christians began to imitate the festival’s traditions in an attempt to Christianize it. According to History, they saw the egg as a symbol of fertility and Jesus’ resurrection.
According to History, when Europeans began immigrating to America in the 1700s, they brought with them the practice of an Easter bunny distributing eggs to children, which became a worldwide Easter ritual.