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24-3-2014 HOW AND WHERE THE EASTER BUNNY AND EASTER EGG TRADITION WAS BORN

The symbol of the Easter Bunny has its origin in the myths of Western Europe, in fact, the English word Easter derives from an ancient Nordic divity Eostre, Venus of the peoples of the north. According to the celtic ritual, this goddess was linked to the fertility of the fields and the arrival of spring much like Aphrodite for the ancient Greeks, and both were often symbolized by the hare (rabbit). In fact, this animal often accompanied them offering an egg, to symbolize the birth of a new spring. From here came the exchange of eggs to celebrate the return of the Goddess, i.e. Spring. The religious tradition narrates that a rabbit witnessed the resurrection of Jesus and, to share its joy, it began to distribute colored eggs, a symbol of life and rebirth, to all the people it met. The Germans and the Dutch started the tradition of hiding colored eggs for children among plants and shrubs, following the stereotype of the mischievous Bunny! Source: www.crescebene.com