History of the Easter Bunny in the USA
The first mention of the 'Easter Bunny' tradition is traced back to the 1700's when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch communities and celebrated "Osterhaus". This was where the children made nests and the Easter Hare could lay colored eggs in them. The idea was like Santa Claus where good children would receive colored eggs and later the tradition turned to candy and gifts.
The colored eggs were made by dying the eggs with flowers. Dying the eggs green was a reflection that the spring was coming. Some communities dyed their eggs red which was more of a religious idea of the Blood and rebirth of life.
Easter has become a multi-million dollar business in the US and celebrated by wearing of hats, dressing up to go to church, and getting Candy and eggs in their Easter baskets.
Festivities usually include the dying of eggs a few days before Easter and decorating them. Also Easter parades and egg hunts are still very popular to this day plus the mailing of Easter cards to loved ones and friends.
Happy Easter to Everyone.....
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