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OsterhaseIf you are familiar with the Christian religion, you know that Easter is upon us. You have likely already seen many different variations of crosses and lilies, but have you ever wondered how the bunny got included in the event?

No, you’re not mistaken, there are certainly no bunnies or eggs mentioned in the Bible, and the exact history of the Easter bunny is a bit cloudy.

Our beloved rabbit has been thought to come from Pagan traditions brought from Germany. Many sources believe that the Easter bunny first came to American in the 1700s along with German immigrants. They had a story in which the hare known as “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws,” would deliver decorative eggs to well-behaved children who prepared him a nest. Since then, Oster has come to be known as the Easter bunny.

As we have previously mentioned, although the Easter bunny is not found in the Scriptures, you may be surprised to learn that there is a connection between the bunny and Jesus Christ. The egg delivered by the Easter bunny is a symbol of the Resurrection of Christ. CatholicCulture.org says “just as the chick breaks through the shell when it is hatched, and begins its life, so Christ comes forth living from the apparently lifeless tomb.” Who knew?

And there you have it, the best-known origins of the Easter bunny! How do you plan to celebrate the upcoming holiday?

The Lions Pride office will be closed Friday, April 14, to celebrate the occasion with our families. We’d like to wish you and yours a Happy Easter!