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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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wbeaudreau April 21 2014 at 1:29 AM

The "attitude" of this piece, in its attempt to be cute and funny, came off as smart-ass. Perhaps for me it was the manner by which the reporter held forth. STILL, I am thankful that the piece did portray some of the traditions of the holiday in a somewhat multi-cultural way. The universal traditions of a springtime celebration of renewal and rebirth are certainly not limited to the Christian message. As surface as this report was, at least it broke through the concept that somehow the American Christian way of Easter is the only way.

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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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royjoneswolf62 April 20 2014 at 10:42 PM

Nearly all traditional holidays were originally pagan before there was religion. Read up on it, you religious folks will be suprised. The religious just stole them.

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KATHI AND JOHN April 21 2014 at 8:34 AM

I'm just SO glad we were able to get more photos of our GREAT mr. ob

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kgillman080 KATHI AND JOHN April 21 2014 at 8:54 AM

I hope you were only kidding Great Obama ? He won't even salute the American Flag. The only thing great about him is when he will no longer be in the blach houe !

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ineedtasayit KATHI AND JOHN April 21 2014 at 9:59 AM

sarcasm??? sure hope so!!

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rudniski136 April 21 2014 at 8:46 AM

Was that the scariest Easter Bunny costume ever?

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Annette April 20 2014 at 9:45 PM

All Said on Newsy are WRONG ...here is the real meaning " Ishtar ( means Easter ) Easter was the celebration of Ishtar ,,,The Assyrian and Babylonian Goddess of fertility and Sex , Her symbols like the Eggs and the Bunny ) where and still are fertility and sex symbols ( or did you actually think Eggs and Bunnies had anything to do with Resurrection ? )After Constandine decided to Christianize the Empire , Easter then was changed to represent Jesus , But as it's Roots, Easter ( which is pronounced Ishtar) is all about celebrating Fertility and Sex

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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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GAIL RUTH April 21 2014 at 9:03 AM

When Christainity began, the ruling men had to create Christian Holy Days to fit in with the ancient, and very strong, Pagan Ritual or the people would not attend the celebrations. The Vernal Eqinox (the first day of Spring) was a huge Pagan celebration which included symbols of new life and rebirth such as the egg and the rabbit. Of course, the Old Testament Symbols were also included and the date upon which Passover and Easter fall is determined by the Vernal Equinox and the full moons following them, also Pagan rituals.

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rmaxplanck GAIL RUTH April 21 2014 at 9:48 AM

Go back and read the book again. Passover started when the Jews celbrated their escape from Egyption bondage.

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Silverfoxylassy rmaxplanck April 21 2014 at 10:03 AM

Christ is our Passover. When we partake of the cake and drink, we are showing God that we have Christ in us. Thus, He passes over us and protects us from evil. We demonstrate our faith in His resurrection and the belief in life after this earth age experience. There is no easter, only passover. And until people recognize that, they will continue to be separated from God by their ignorance.

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LewTag GAIL RUTH April 21 2014 at 10:00 AM

you are too smart for this blog....all in god's will of c ourse...ergo theofatalism....look it up...

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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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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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onlyway2goisup hanrod1 April 21 2014 at 7:24 AM

That's funny...something John Lennon would say if he were alive.......... sounds like his sense of humour!

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