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Easter and Rabbit

Hi Everyone,

I am new to Switerland and the western festivals, in general. I am wondering why chololates are made in the shape of Rabbit around the time of easter.

Would be keen on knowing the story behind this custom.

Thanks,

Hemant
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Old 09.04.2011, 14:41
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Re: Easter and Rabbit

Shouldn't be too hard for any IT pro

http://www.feiertagskalender.ch/inde...geo=3056&hl=en
( Gives you the dates and significance of holidays in CH including that of Easter )

http://www.swissworld.org/en/culture...ustoms/easter/

Eggs and rabbits have long been associated with Easter, in Switzerland as elsewhere. And here, like in other countries where Easter has become increasingly commercialised, the origins of this spring festival tend to fade into the background as Good Friday and Easter Monday become a welcome extension to the weekend and a chance to go on a short break.
Eggs and bunnies

Chocolate bunnies, coloured eggs and special Easter cakes (Osterfladen) in shop windows serve to remind children weeks before the event that Easter is the time to indulge in these goodies. Easter Sunday often starts off with an Easter-egg hunt, with children combing the house or garden, eager to fill their baskets with what the Easter bunny has left. In this respect, Switzerland is no different from many other European countries or the United States.
An unusual egg custom takes place in Zurich on Easter Monday: called "Zwanzgerle", children challenge adults to break their decorated eggs with a twenty cent coin. If the adult fails to do so, the child keeps the coin, but if the adult is successful, they get their coin back and the egg as well. This is generally a money-spinner for the children, but occasionally eggs change hands.
Religious festivals

In Mendrisio in the southern Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, the locals stage a performance of the Biblical Passion Play, complete with Roman soldiers and horseback trumpeters, on the last Thursday of Lent. This is followed on Good Friday with a much more sombre procession during which two sculptures, one of the dead Christ and one of his mother Mary, are carried through the streets.
On Good Friday in Romont in French-speaking Canton Fribourg, 'weeping women' carry scarlet cushions through the streets bearing the symbols of Christ's passion. These include the nails used in the crucifixion and the crown of thorns that was placed on his head, and also the handkerchief which St Veronica used to wipe Christ's brow as he carried the cross and which was miraculously imprinted with the image of his face. The streets of the town echo with chants and prayers taken up by believers.
Some villages in Canton Valais observe the old Easter tradition of distributing bread, cheese and wine.
Water

In Nyon, near Geneva, the town's fountains are decorated with flowers, ribbons and eggs - in line with an old German tradition of celebrating the melting of the snows and the return of water to the fountains. A similar custom also exists in Bischofszell, in Canton Thurgau.
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Re: Easter and Rabbit

Here is the wikipedia link to information about the origins and history of why Easter has become associated with bunnies and eggs...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Bunny

As a side note, Easter is actually a celebration of two rather different festivals that have somehow over time managed to be merged together, like so many other traditions - one is the pagan festival of fertility that celebrates the goddess "Esther" and the fertility of spring, and the other is the passover and celebration of the death and resurrection of christ. SO if you are looking at the orgins there are two different main avenues to be looking at...

the jewish/christian celebrations (passover and resurrection)
and Easther (pagan fertility festival)

Hope that helps shed some light on it...

In case you were wondering about Christmas as well it is also something that has been mixed, as it is a celebration of remembering St Nicholas who was a man in Germany or Europe somewhere who traditionally gave presents to kids in the village or something like that, and also the story of Jesus birth, the christian festival.

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Christmas was introduced to replace the pagan festival Saturnalia.
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Easter bunnies were invented to get rid of all the old Father Christmas chocolates in the stock room.
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Re: Easter and Rabbit

This year is the 20th annual Great Easter Bunny Hunt in the South Island of NZ.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/the-...-2637074/video
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Hi Everyone,

I am new to Switerland and the western festivals, in general. I am wondering why chololates are made in the shape of Rabbit around the time of easter.

Would be keen on knowing the story behind this custom.

Thanks,

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Because there wasn't enough rabbit meat to go around, so they used what they had!

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Re: Easter and Rabbit

Apparently last year, they got a record number of over 23,000 rabbits over the weekend.
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