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The origin of the Easter Bunny
I love mythology. When I was in school it seemed hard to believe that reading stories of heroes, and gods and goddesses was a subject to study. I have always been intrigued by the origins of things. The Easter bunny and eggs seemed a bit strange but great fun to decorate and to see them hopping about holding baskets of eggs on cards and candy wrappers was a welcome sight after a long winter. Lately I heard that the Easter Bunny legend comes from the goddess Oeaster, the ancient goddess of Spring. She had great sadness while looking at a barren field where there was only one lone wren surviving the freezing winter. So in her mercy she changed the wren to a rabbit . Rabbits were plentiful in the field.The wren was carrying eggs inside her little body so then also did the rabbit. So there you have it the Easter Bunny.
My garden taught me why the colours of Easter are lilac and yellow. Crocus, daffodils, may flowers,(marsh marigold) heather, lilacs, wisteria, lungwort, dandelions– you can think of more I am sure.