History of the Easter Bunny in the USA

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway California Realty DRE #01492138

History of the Easter Bunny in the USA

 

HAPPY EASTER to everyone

The first mention of the 'Easter Bunny' tradition is traced back to the 1700's when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch communities and celebrated "Osterhaus". This was where the children made nests and the Easter Hare could lay colored eggs in them. The idea was like Santa Claus where good children would receive colored eggs and later the tradition turned to candy and gifts.

The colored eggs were made by dying the eggs with flowers. Dying the eggs green was a reflection that the spring was coming. Some communities dyed their eggs red which was more of a religious idea of the Blood and rebirth of life.

Easter has become a multi-million dollar business in the US and celebrated by wearing of hats, dressing up to go to church, and getting Candy and eggs in their Easter baskets. 

Festivities usually include the dying of eggs a few days before Easter and decorating them. Also Easter parades and egg hunts are still very popular to this day plus the mailing of Easter cards to loved ones and friends.

 

Happy Easter to Everyone.....

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Comments (10)

Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Disney takes the premise of "there is a story for everything" and markets it for billions. One can make everyday of the year a holiday of some sort. I ask why?

Mar 27, 2016 03:07 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your post made me think for a minute,  I hadn't considered the origin of the Easter Bunny before.  For a moment, I wondered if it wasn't a Hallmark creation!

Mar 27, 2016 05:38 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Kristin, thanks for the history lesson about the Easter Bunny. I had no idea how that legend started.

Mar 27, 2016 05:51 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Thanks for the back story on the Easter bunny.  

Mar 27, 2016 09:53 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Richie Alan Naggar 

I always laugh when I hear the holidays made up by Hallmark. Disney helps to promote these holidays but most are for the kids. Happy Easter.

Mar 28, 2016 01:38 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 

I wasn't sure what country it came from but thought it was from Europe. I was surprised that the eggs had a secondary meaning. Happy Easter.

Mar 28, 2016 01:40 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Sybil Campbell 

We follow so many forklore events but rarely ask why or where it came from. Happy Easter.

Mar 28, 2016 01:41 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Susan Haughton 

Thanks for stopping by and hope your Easter was wonderful.

Mar 28, 2016 01:41 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Kristin ...

Some great history on the Easter Bunny, I hope you had a great Easter and your post has been featured to the group:

HAPPY AT ACTIVERAIN

Mar 29, 2016 08:29 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Thank you Robert Vegas Bob Swetz for featuring my post in 'Happy at Activerain'.

Mar 31, 2016 09:40 AM