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Easter Bunny or Easter Hare?

Date: 03 April 2010
Category: Holidays

Did you know that a key difference between a hare and a rabbit is that a hare is born with hair (fur) whereas a newborn rabbit has no hair.

If the German immigrants who settled the Pennsylvania Dutch area in the 1700s had been able to promote their concept of having an animal delivering eggs to children at Easter, we would be talking today about the Easter Hare instead of the Easter Bunny. Their terminology called it the  “Osterhas” (also spelled “Oschter Haws”).  “Hase” means “hare,” not rabbit.

As for the eggs themselves, many view an egg as a symbol of the grave and new life breaking from it.

Let’s not forget, however, the real Christian reason for the season: have a Happy Easter!

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