As Easter approaches, many cultures around the world celebrate the holiday with traditions that vary from country to country. While in some places, chocolate bunnies are a symbol of the season, in Mexico, the relationship between bunnies and eggs is less understood. In countries such as the United States and Canada, it is customary to give Easter eggs to children and friends on Easter Sunday. These eggs are often decorated and hidden to be found in a game of seek and find. Regardless of cultural differences, Easter is a time for fun, family and, of course, some chocolate bunnies!

For centuries, the Easter Bunny has been a beloved figure in many cultures, representing all that is joyful and hopeful about the Easter vacation. From its humble beginnings as a mischievous nocturnal creature to its current status as a beloved icon of springtime, the Easter Bunny has captured the imagination of children and adults alike. But where did this beloved figure come from? 

Its origins can be traced back to pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon festivals, where the rabbit was seen as a symbol of fertility and was associated with the Teutonic goddess of light and spring: Easter. In the 8th century, the Anglo-Saxons transferred the name Easter to the Christian feast that designates the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ, adapting the name of the pagan feast in the Christian traditions.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that the beloved Easter Bunny, with its chocolate and sugar dolls, began to be manufactured in Germany. This figure quickly became popular in Northern European countries, especially in bakeries whose colorful chocolate eggs were responsible for bringing the festive spirit of Easter. 

When Christianity started to spread its message to the Anglo-Saxon world, the friars faced the difficult task of bridging the gap between the new faith and existing culture. To unite Christian beliefs and the Anglo-Saxon rabbit figure, they used a creative method. This process of evangelizing gave rise to an interesting legend that tells of a rabbit being hidden inside the cave where Jesus was placed in the tomb provided by Joseph of Arimathea. The rabbit was said to be very frightened to see all the people enter, crying and sad at the death of Jesus.

The rabbit stood in awe, looking at the body of Jesus that had been laid in the tomb. He was filled with wonder, pondering who this man could be. After a day and night had passed, a miraculous event occurred; an angel descended from Heaven and removed the stone that sealed the entrance to the tomb. Suddenly, Jesus arose, more alive than ever! The rabbit was astonished at the sight and could not believe his eyes. The power of Jesus’ resurrection was a cause of amazement and joy for all who were there.

The rabbit understood that Jesus was the so-called Son of God and brought a painted egg to tell all those mourning his death that he had risen and that they no longer had to be sad. The rabbit believed that the painted egg would convey the message of life and joy to the humans, and that is how the tradition of the Easter Bunny began. Each Easter Sunday, the rabbit goes out to deliver its brightly colored eggs, bringing joy and fun to all!

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