→ Easter Bunny, like the Belsnickle, owes American roots to the Pa. Dutch – LancasterOnline
The tradition of the “Oschter Haws” – the Easter Bunny – began in Germany as early as the 16th century and was popularized in America by the Pennsylvania Dutch. The symbols of the hare and eggs predate Christianity and were associated with the ancient pagan religions: the hare was symbolic of fertility, and the egg, of rebirth or new life.
The goddess associated with Spring was known as Eostre. Folklore tells a story of Eostre saving a bird whose wings were frozen by transforming into a hare. The hare retained the ability to lay eggs and during the 18th century the Pennsylvania Dutch elaborated on the original theme by telling children that on Easter this Osterhase (Easter hare) would lay colored eggs as gifts for them if they were good.
To understand the custom of the hunt, we first need to know where Easter eggs got their beginning. Eggs have long been associated with springtime and renewal. This relationship has roots ...
It didn't take long for the early Easter bunny tradition of building nests to turn into building baskets filled with candy and treats. And in the 18th century, it was ...
→ A wilting Pennsylvania Dutch tradition: ham and dandelion dinners - The Morning Call
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As we draw nearer to the celebration of Easter and the earth awakens from sleep, it is an important time for the people throughout the Dutch Country to hold in ...
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Peter Cottontail joins us for a two-hour adventure into the Secret Valley. Every child will receive a free gift from the Bunny himself. ...
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