The Easter Bunny brings Easter Eggs to children on Easter Sunday.
The Easter Bunny is seen as a symbol of Easter and Springtime. The origins of the Easter Bunny are unclear with many different suggestions as to how this tradition started.
The word Easter is derived from the Anglo Saxon Goddess Eostre. Eostre was symbolised by the Hare and the Egg which represented new life and abundance. New life and abundance are central elements of Springtime.
It is believed that German immigrants to Pennsylvania introduced the concept of the Easter Hare in the 1700s. In their legends the Easter Hare or Bunny brought eggs and treats to the homes of children on Easter Saturday night.
When I was growing up we didn’t have the Easter Bunny but she seems to have crept into our Easter Activities in Ireland over the last 10-15 years. As a family we enjoy the excitement of the Easter Bunny visit and the subsequent Easter Egg Hunt!