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Where'd the bunny come from? Easter explained

Where'd The Bunny Come From? Easter Explained

So let's be honest, what's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Easter holiday?

Maybe it's the resurrection of Jesus Christ and how the Bible says he rose from the dead on the third day to forgive humanity's sins and give everyone a chance at everlasting life in the kingdom of heaven.

But more than likely it's...

"Easter Egg Hunt Yay!" "The perfect basket is 78 percent candy ... Give Easter Bunny a big round of applause ... Isn't Easter fun?"

Yes, Easter is fun, and the candy and the bunny are all great. But what does any of it have to do with this Christian holiday?

Well, as far as the Bible is concerned, nothing. No where in the Bible does it even mention the word Easter much less pastel colored eggs and life sized bunnies. (Via The White House)

But bunnies and eggs are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life, and according to the Christianity Today, both symbols, now associated with the Christian holiday, come from Pagan traditions.

The bunny comes from the German story of Oschter Haws, a hare who delivers eggs to all the good kids who prepared a nest for him. And when Germans immigrated to the U.S., they brought Oschter Haws with them. (Via Wikimedia Commons / ItsLassieTime)

Now since then we've come to know Oschter as the Easter Bunny, but the History Channel points out depending on where you are, it can be any number of animals delivering eggs.

"In Switzerland, a coo-coo delivers the Easter eggs, while in different parts of Germany kids wait for the Easter fox, chick, rooster or stork."

And though it doesn't originate in the Bible, there's a connection between the eggs from the Easter Bunny and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

According to CatholicCulture.org "[The Easter Egg] is a symbol of the Resurrection of Christ just as the chick breaks the shell when it is hatched and begins its life, so Christ comes forth living from the apparently lifeless tomb."

And, finally, what's an American holiday without Americans spending money? According to the National Confectioners Association, Easter is the second highest grossing candy holiday behind Halloween projecting sales in the U.S. will hit $2.26 billion this year.

"Oh my Gosh we got Peeps! Peeps are the candy of Easter!"

Yes they are, according to Slate.com Americans will consume about 700 million Marshmallow Peeps during Easter.

Some other traditions you have to look forward to this Easter are of course jelly beans, the Easter Egg Roll, as well as the Easter Egg hunt and a solid tummy ache this afternoon.

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hliguori1 April 20 2014 at 10:10 PM

Italian children have the custom of cracking eggs on each other's head during this celebration!

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baggersrnutz hliguori1 April 20 2014 at 10:33 PM

American teenagers have a custom of throwing eggs at cars on cabbage night ( night before halloween ) the same night also involves Toilet papering houses and trees. Unfortunately the custom has fallen out of favor with the local constabulatories.

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Connie hliguori1 April 20 2014 at 11:34 PM

My brother-in-law almost bit off my head when I cracked an Easter egg when we were visiting. He insists on having crack-offs. You smack eachothers eggs to see which one cracks first. It's fun. His kids are grown now, but they still do this and now the grandsons love it.

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madali777 April 20 2014 at 11:12 PM

I think that all holidays are just commercial to get money from the public some parent even uses credit cards just to give something that later is going to be in the trash.

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Yvonne madali777 April 21 2014 at 12:47 AM

You are absolutely correct ..........the money spent on this pagan practice could feed the hungry around the world. Which do you think our Creator would approve of?

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Beautiful April 21 2014 at 11:10 AM

Evidence of Santa, Easter bunny & tooth fairly = Presents! Easter eggs & basket! & Cash!

Evidence of Jesus & Bible stories = Zilch , nothing....... (Sit still and shut up)

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liz April 20 2014 at 11:07 PM

I am from Switzerland but no coo coo... brought our eggs.... it was the Easter Bunny... the Osterhase just like in Germany.

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hanrod1 liz April 21 2014 at 12:04 AM

...and the funniest thing is that rabbits don't lay eggs, so we should have the EASTER HENNY instead!

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lskmunoz April 21 2014 at 10:58 AM

Just another retail gig. If you think about it, most months have some kind of deal to go shopping and spend money on some kind of holiday.

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Beautiful April 21 2014 at 9:13 AM

For years I didn't know chocolate bunnies were supposed to have ears.

My Mom always ate the chocolate ears before Easter morning.

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eaglephoenix2 Beautiful April 21 2014 at 9:30 AM

Terrible, selfish mother. To make you beleive that rabbits had no ears!

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alphaome4 eaglephoenix2 April 21 2014 at 10:20 AM

Mine didn't have a tail, thanks to my Brother!

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dexrmerritt April 21 2014 at 10:37 AM

Yeap Diana the goddess of fertility-pagan as they come....why you ask...money is the main culprit...pagans were generating so much revenue on their holidays that when they converted to Christianity the organized church did not want to miss out on the money grab...

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Robert Rhodes April 21 2014 at 10:35 AM

Christ rising from the dead was not to provide forgiveness of sins. His crucifiction and shedding of his blood brings forgiveness of sins. His resurrection give us the hope of eternal life.

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kcarthey Robert Rhodes April 21 2014 at 10:55 AM

As a child many decades ago, one of the stories told to me to frighten me into believing in Christ was that of the Wandering Jew who was condemned to eternal life for denying Christ. Perhaps it was then -- I was a thinking and a perceptive child -- that I began to discover the hypocracy and confusion of Christianity. Why was the Jew condemned to eternal life for denying Christ when the purpose of believing in Christ is Eternal Life?

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babyjay5143 kcarthey April 21 2014 at 11:23 AM

everyone will live eternity but where is up to the person. each person is a free vessel and have free will. a person will either spend eternity in hell or with the Father in Heaven and there is only one was to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ who so ever believes in Him will be saved.

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herbert777 April 20 2014 at 8:58 PM

The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop, we read: “What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, . . . as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. Astarte fell from heaven in a egg and had a magic rabbitt who laid golden eggs. Very interesting book written over 200 years ago.

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MrVazQu3zsLuV herbert777 April 20 2014 at 9:18 PM

Very smart! Thank u

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Annette herbert777 April 20 2014 at 9:50 PM

I guess we know our History Herbert

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opticial April 20 2014 at 10:49 PM

Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar, the Assyrian Babylonion goddess of fertilityand sex. Her symbols ( like the egg and the bunny) were and still are fertility and sex symbols (or did you actually think eggs and bunnies had anything to do with the resurrection?) After Constantine decided to Christianize the Empire, Easter was changed to epresent Jesus. But at its roots, Easter( which is how you pronounce Ishtar ) is all about celebrating fertility and sex.

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zack is the man opticial April 20 2014 at 11:34 PM

So basically what you telling us-we should get laid 2 night?!!!

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Bonnie opticial April 20 2014 at 11:39 PM

That is so true,,these ungodly holidays have nothing to do with the Messiah.. and we should have nothing to do with them. Its just satan worship dressed up to look innocent.

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imblessed1964 Bonnie April 20 2014 at 11:46 PM


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