Questions about Easter
What does the word “Easter” mean?
Easter was the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn and spring. We also get the word “east” from her since that is where the sun rises. The month we know as April used to be known as Eostre Monath (Easter Month), and it was a time for celebrating new life. That is why we still call the celebration Easter even though now it is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.
What do bunnies and eggs have to do with Easter?
Bunnies and eggs have always been symbols of fertility and new life. It is said that hares may have pulled the goddess Easter’s chariot across the sky. Eggs were painted in bright colors to represent springtime. Now, some people paint eggs red to represent the sacrifice Jesus made.
Where did the Easter Bunny come from?
The first mention of an anthropomorphic rabbit that brings gifts to children is in German writings of the 1600’s. There the Easter Bunny is called the Osterhase. He used to deliver eggs to children in nests they made of clothing and hid inside the house.
Why does the Easter Bunny lay eggs?
In olden times, people would come across the ground nests of a bird called a Lapwing. It’s nest looked very similar to the hare’s home, which is called a form. If the Lapwing had been chased away by a predator, people stumbled across what they thought were hare forms with eggs in them.
How does the Easter Bunny get into the house?
He isn’t able to come down the chimney like Santa Claus, so he usually looks for an open window that the parents of the house have left open for him. If your home has a pet door for dogs and cats to come in and out, that is much easier for him. You can always hang a magic key out for him too, which makes things very easy for him.
Should we leave the Easter Bunny cookies like we do for Santa?
He loves snacks, but instead of cookies, he prefers carrots and green vegetables. Clover is one of his favorites. A bowl of water is always appreciated too.
Does the Easter Bunny live on Easter Island?
No, actually he lives in April Valley which is near Egg Harbor, WI, but he does have a vacation home on Easter Island which he visits frequently.