Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Easter Bunny

Good Friday and Easter Day are very important Days where Christians around the world. The Holy Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary and Easter is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe occurred on the third day after his crucifixion around AD 33.
Since its origins, it has been a time of celebration and feasting. Today it is commercially important, seeing wide sales of greeting cards and confectionery such as chocolate Easter eggs and marshmallow bunnies. As a bunny lover, I specifically like to take this chance to share the origin of Easter Bunny with you and to showcase my 2 Rabbits.


About the Easter Bunny

In pagan times, the "Easter hare" was no ordinary animal, but a sacred companion of the old goddess of spring, Eastre. Hares and rabbits were considered sacred to Eastre because they are notoriously fertile animals and they served as symbols of the new life during the Spring season.

Over time, the symbolism changed. Instead of the Easter rabbit symbolizing fertility, the rabbit also symbolize an innocent, vulnerable creature that can be sacrificed, similar to the lamb.

The Easter bunny we know today was influenced by German traditions dating back to the 1500s. German children believed that the Oschter Haws (a magical rabbit) would leave them a nest of colored eggs at Eastertime if they were good. The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests . The use of elaborate Easter baskets come later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread throughout the country.

Pennsylvania Dutch settlers brought this tradition to America in the 1700s. The first edible Easter bunnies, made primarily of pastry and sugar, were produced in Germany, during the early 1800s.

The above are myth passed down generations though stories told during each Easter Day. We should not see Easter as a celebration of spring when we forgot the more important event which is the celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.


About my Bunny
My First bunny, "Lovely" had brought a lot of joy for me when introduced into my family. She is nearly 2 years old, very intelligent and will always wait for me at the fridge for treats whenever I open it.
My Second Bunny is a Mini-Lop called "Melody". She is the relief of all my stress whenever I reached home feeling down and frustrated. Very lovable and huggable. She will allow me to pet her continously till my hands tire.
If you like to have some tips on how to keep rabbits as pet, you may drop me an email too.


Anonymous said...

Are your bunnies toilet trainable?
Do they let go indiscriminately?

Khiat Han Hwee Adrian said...

Yes. Bunnies are toliet trainable. The training should start as early as 2 months old.

I let them hop around the house daily when I'm home and they will go back to their specific litter area to do their business.

Anonymous said...

What happened to your bunny's arse?
Someone must be responsible.
Better keep them indoor.

Anonymous said...

Wah your bunnies look very cute..!

Mine sad story...they got scabies. I got it my mother got it..brought to vet many cure...slow death for all my the end all die...:(

Now I keep fish :)easier ...but rabbits much much more fun...rabbits have gone up in price..last time$36 for one. Now $52...


Khiat Han Hwee Adrian said...

Rabbits need to stay in a dry and clean environment. They get scrabies easily especially if they are allowed to roam on damp grass or their litter area is not properly cleaned.

Rabbits is easy to take care of. If you decide to start taking care of rabbit again, let me know, I can share more tips with you.