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This is the holiday that Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that He died for our sins, so that one day we may be in Heaven with Him. Have you ever wondered how the Easter Bunny got involved in such an important celebration? Lets find out.....




It appears that the Easter Bunny came to us through the German immigrants in the 1700s when they settled in the Pennsylvania Dutch country.



In the old country, the children would make a nest and place it somewhere in the house, garden, barn, etc. The boys would use their caps as nests and the girls their bonnets. They believed if they were good, the "Oschter Haws" would leave some colored eggs in their nest.




As the tradition grew and spread, the caps and bonnets would be replaced with the (sometimes) elaborate baskets that we have today.



Before the Christian era, the rabbit or hare became the symbols of new life during the spring season because they were the most fertile animals known at that time.



The egg is also a pre-Christian symbol of new life.



It was given as gifts by the ancient Greeks, Persians, and Chinese at their spring festivals. The ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg. The egg also appears in pagan mythology, where it is believed that the Sun-Bird was hatched from the World Egg.

In Christianity, the egg came to represent the resurrection of Jesus; in other words it represents new life.



One more tradition that involves eggs, besides coloring them, is the old Easter Egg Hunt.


Other symbols of Easter are baby chicks and lambs as well as the Easter Lily.



Graphics for this page by Shelley





Read on to see what to do with the eggs the Easter Bunny brings.