What do rabbits have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?
Why do chicks wear little gardening hats during Easter?
Who actually eats those hideous marshmallow Easter bunnies?
Jesus and bunnies have a long history together:
According to the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, the origin of the celebration — and the origin of the Easter Bunny — can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.
When the early Christians took over, they integrated some of the old pagan tropes into the death and resurrection of Christ.
As for the chicks, similar to Eostra: they represent fertility, newness, birth. They don gardening hats because gardening, too, is a representation of Spring and growth. (And they also look way cute in those little hats, don’t they?)
And only an uncouth and maniacal sugar tooth consumes those awful marshmallow bunnies. (Heck, the sugar actually crunches when you eat them.)
May your Easter be full of renewal and rebirth and a reasonable amount of sugar. And may you send a family member or friend one of our festive Easter e-cards.