It’s almost time for Easter and that means holidays, lots of Easter Eggs, Lindt bunnies, and the Easter Bunny. But have you ever wondered where all of these Easter traditions came from? We have a healthy curiosity here at Koesterfontein Glamping Farm and we wanted to share what we found on our Easter hunt with you.
The origin of the Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny originated among German Lutherans and was a type of judge, deciding whether the children were good or disobedient at the start of Easter. This custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau’s book, About Easter Eggs, in 1682 referring to the German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children.
“We think we prefer the Easter Bunnies from popular animated movies such as Rise of the Guardians”
The origin of Easter eggs
Easter eggs are a common sight during Easter and can be painted, dyed or chocolate eggs in colourful wrappers. Eggs represent new life, fertility, and rebirth in Christianity and many other cultures around the world. The practice of dipping the eggs in dye started in Mesopotamia and later spread into Russia and Siberia through the Orthodox Churches. It later spread into Europe through the Catholic and Protestant Churches.
The Lindt bunny
One spring morning in March 1952, one of the Lindt Maîtres Chocolatiers saw a bunny in his garden. The Chocolatier’s son was mesmerised when he saw the bunny but began to cry as soon as it disappeared in the bushes.
The father had an idea when he saw how upset his son was: “I should make a bunny like that one out of chocolate…” He made the bunny from the finest Lindt milk chocolate, wrapped it in a golden foil and put a red ribbon with a golden bell around its neck, so it would not get lost. “When the bell rings, you can easily find it,” the father said to his son.
And so, the very first Gold Bunny was born and the Lindt Gold Bunny has become an icon of Easter all over the world. Every year when the Lindt Gold Bunny appears again, they know that Easter is not far away.
Easter is one yummy holiday! Koesterfontein Glamping Farm would like to wish all of our clients who are celebrating Easter a happy and blessed time. May you have a wonderful time with family and friends.
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