During the Easter holiday season,
eggs are painted, decorated with vibrant colours, patterns and embellishments.
The adorned eggs are scattered about;
as the tale goes, left by the Easter Bunny.
Young children engage in a hunt to find the eggs and fill their Easter baskets.
It is a festive and fun-filled event,
another colour-filled occasion by which many mark the arrival of Spring
The egg as a symbol of Spring is recognised in various cultures
as a revitilisation of the earth after the harsh winter.
During the Middle Ages, the affluent covered eggs with gold leaf
and gave these as Easter presents.
The poorer members of society, coloured their eggs with
dyes made from vegetation.
This egg gift-giving represented Spring:
celebration of life
Why a bunny?
Rabbits and hares have long been regarded as symbols of heighten fertility,
given their ability to breed often and produce in large numbers.
Spring is the season of the earth’s heighten productivity;
so the association of Spring and rabbits was inevitable.
And why, an Easter Bunny?
Some say this folklore has German roots pointing to a
German tale of an “egg-laying” hare: Osterhase.
During the 18th century, German immigrants brought this story
with them to the United States
Good children received coloured eggs in their baskets left out for
The Osterhase, Easter Bunny.
As with any good story, it was continually repeated and became tradition .
Whatever the full origins of the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs
the symbolism is clear:
Spring bounces, Spring hops, Spring bestows
life, energy, newness, colour
and even decorated eggs!