For the last two weeks, my Instagram feed was flooded with pictures of bunnies, eggs, and egg-shaped chocolates, in anticipation of Easter. On Easter, the Christians celebrate the resurrection of Lord, Jesus Christ.
That made me question how are bunnies, eggs and chocolates related to Easter? My nieces went for egg-hunting so I was curious about the egg-hunting tradition as well. I also have an aunt who talked about the beauty of Faberge eggs once. I wondered if the Faberge eggs are related to Easter too. Here are the answers to all my questions.
How are bunnies and eggs related to Easter?
Some historians claim that the Easter bunny comes from the myth of Eostre, the pagan goddess of fertility and spring. Eostre found a bird freezing to death and turned it into a bunny to keep it warm. Despite turning into a bunny, the animal still laid eggs like a bird. The bunny then decorated the eggs to show Eostre her appreciation.
The German immigrants transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare to the United States around the 18th century. The Easter bunny delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday. Their children made nests in which this creature could lay colored eggs. Additionally, the children left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.
The custom spread across the United States, and the Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. U. S. candy makers make 90 million chocolate bunnies and 16 billion jelly beans for Easter. Easter is the second popular holiday in the States after Halloween, for chocolate consumption.
Are Faberge eggs related to Easter?
Yes, they are. Faberge eggs were made by Peter Carl Faberge between 1885 and 1917. He is a Russian artist, jeweler, and goldsmith. He was commissioned by Tsar Alexander III to create the artistic eggs as a gift for his wife, Czarina Maria on Easter (what a great husband :)). The House of Faberge made 50 such imperial eggs.
Happy Easter Sunday. Wishing you a great day with friends and family!
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Quote for this post: Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and new life – Janine Di Giovanni
Featured image from https://peterpilt.org/2012/03/22/an-open-letter-to-the-easter-bunny/
Bunny on eggs image from https://in.pinterest.com/pin/552535448009838158/, Faberge eggs image from http://easom.info/gallery/how-much-is-a-faberge-egg.html