Easter Bunny with her Eggs

Easter Bunny with her Eggs

Free Easter Bunny coloring page. Printable download

The Easter Bunny is a tradition many young children are particularly fond of. Easter just wouldn’t be the holiday kids look forward to without the chocolate eggs, sweets and the impression that a magic bunny is hiding treats for them to find. However, if you think about it, the idea that a magic bunny would in any way be associated with Easter, is rather strange; so where and how did this tradition start.

There are several theories, but no one seems to be absolutely sure:
The first theory is that the tradition was begun by Germans, who spread out across the globe, the way they did in the 1700s in America, brought their tradition of “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws” with them - which translates into Easter Hare. German children were led to believe that the Easter Hare would lay colored eggs in a nest if they prepared one for her. With modernisation the hare became a bunny and the nest a basket, but the idea of the bunny providing Easter treats has remained.

The other theory stems from the blending of Pagan rites and traditions with those of Christianity. Priests believed that the Pagans would better accept Christian teachings if they could still celebrate their own rites, but somewhat changed into Christian festivals. Pagans celebrated Eostre at roughly the same time as Easter, which was dedicated to the goddess of fertility whose animal symbol was a bunny.

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