The Easter Bunny has something in common with the Belsnickle.
Both are Pennsylvania Dutch traditions.
Many Easter traditions — including the symbolic egg and hare — predate Christianity. The notion of an egg-laying rabbit can be traced to Germany, and it came to America with the Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants who settled in and around Lancaster County.
According to an article posted on the Free Library of Philadelphia website, Georg Franck von Frankenau first wrote about the tradition of a hare bringing Easter eggs in “De ovis paschalibus,” or “About Easter Eggs,” in 1682. Other sources suggest the Germans had an Easter hare tradition dating to the 1500s.
But it was the Pennsylvania Dutch brought the tradition of the Oschter Haws, or Easter hare, to America. Children, the article says, believed if they were good, an Easter hare would lay eggs in the grass for them to find.
(Source: commonwealthofpennsylvania)Posted 3 months ago