Everyone knows the Easter Bunny, right?
Cute little fuzz-ball that delivers chocolate eggs on Easter…but…rabbits don’t lay eggs! Where, then, did this idea come from?
It would appear that the tradition comes from Germany, with one of the earliest references to the Easter Bunny turning up in a mid-late 16th century text. Another text from the late 17th century entitled ‘About Easter Eggs’ by Georg Franck von Franckenau makes reference to the German tradition of a Hare or Rabbit bringing eggs for children.
The eggs themselves tie into the tradition of the fast of Lent, during which ‘rich’ foods such as butter, sugar and eggs are forbidden (see Did You Know…About Pancake Day for more). As part of the tradition people would decorate eggs (usually by boiling them with flowers to change the colour which was typically red, representing the blood of Christ) and give them as gifts.
But how does one link a rabbit and eggs?
In ancient times it was believed (by the likes of Pliny the Elder and Plutarch, among others) that rabbits and hares were actually sexless and reproduced by laying eggs! This sexless reproduction was linked to the Virgin Mary by the early church with rabbits and hares appearing in paintings with Mary and the Christ Child.
So there you have it!
Why not checkout some more Easter Traditions, or pick up some cute Easter Bunny stories to read to the kids?
The Library will be closed from Friday 25 March to Monday 28 March inclusive, for the Easter holiday period.
The chutes adjacent the car park will be open every day for return of items, during the library closure.
Best wishes for a happy and safe Easter from the Library staff.
The Library will be closed on Saturday 25 April, for the Anzac Day Public Holiday.
It will be open on Sunday 26 April for normal trading hours, from 1pm-5pm.
The chutes outside the Library adjacent to the car park will be open for the return of items.
You may have seen the lovely photo of three children promoting our Easter Trail school holiday activity on the cover of this week’s Leader Messenger newspaper. Please be aware that the Library is not open the actual Easter long weekend (or Anzac Day), but the trail and other school holiday activities will be available for the rest of the school holidays until Sunday April 27. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.
The Library will be closed on the following dates for the Easter break.
Good Friday 18 April
Easter Saturday 19 April
Easter Sunday 20 April
Easter Monday 21 April
The return chutes on the Eastern wall adjacent to the carpark will be open for returns and we reopen at 10am on Tuesday 22 April.
We wish everyone a happy and safe Easter!
The Library will be closed for the Easter break on the following dates:
Good Friday 6 April
Easter Saturday 7 April
Easter Sunday 8 April
Easter Monday 9 April
The return chutes on the eastern wall adjacent to the carpark will be open for returns.
The Library reopens on Tuesday 10 April at 10am.
We wish all our borrowers a safe and happy Easter.
Did you know that Pancake day or Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the season of Lent and has been celebrated since at least 1000AD?
The word shrove is the past-tense of the verb to shrive which means to obtain absolution for sins.
Pancakes are consumed as a way to use up the so-called rich food stuffs such as eggs, milk and sugar before the fast of Lent, during which plainer foods were traditionally consumed.
The period of Lent lasts for 40 days and culminates with the Easter celebration.
Check out our range of baking books for your special pancake recipe.