Each year, children around the world play a game of searching for brightly colored eggs that were said to be left behind by a bunny - the Easter egg hunt. Where does the tradition of the Easter Bunny come from?
The first mention of the Easter bunny was in a book called About Easter Eggs, published in 1682. The tradition arose among the Lutherans of Germany, and the Easter bunny played a role similar to Santa Claus - he determined whether children were good or bad, and if they were good, brought them candy, toys, and brightly colored eggs. These were placed in nests the children made from their hats or bonnets.
How, though, did the rabbit come to be associated with the Easter holiday? Before the rise of Christianity, many ancient religions worshiped gods and goddesses of fertility in the spring. Rabbits and chicken eggs were common fertility symbols, as these animals can reproduce quickly. It was also thought that rabbits could reproduce without the presence of a mate. Therefore, when rites of other religions were adopted by Christianity, the rabbit came to be associated with the Virgin Mary.
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Step by Step Instructions for Drawing an Easter Bunny
1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will help you to outline the bunny's head.
2. Use a long, curved line to enclose an irregular shape beneath the circle. This forms the bunny's cheeks and chin.
3. Draw the ears. For each ear, use a long, curved line to enclose a narrow shape.
4. Draw the bunny's arms. For each arm, draw a long curved line that doubles back upon itself. The line should be connected to the face on its outer edge, but open towards the inside. Then, draw short, curved lines at the tip of each paw to distinguish the fingers.
5. Draw an oval between the paws. Notice how the paws overlap the shape. This will become the egg.
6. Draw the bunny's legs. Extend a long, curved line from behind the egg, noting how it outlines the curvature of the knee and foot before connecting again with the egg. Then, draw a short curved line extending from the egg toward each knee. Draw curved lines at the end of the foot to indicate toes.
7. Erase guide lines from the head.
8. Add detail to the face. Enclose a smaller elongated shape within each ear. Begin the eyes by drawing two curved lines, then draw a pair of ovals about each. Draw two smaller circles within the inner oval to add detail. Draw a curved shape above each to form the eyebrows. Draw a bulging, upside down, rounded triangle to form the nose. Draw dots on each side of it, and extend curved lines to indicate whiskers. Use a series of curved lines to form the mouth, tongue, and teeth. Finally, add the detail of fur to the cheeks, erasing as necessary.
9. Use curved lines to draw grass behind the bunny. Draw lines, circles, zigzags, and other shapes across the egg to decorate it.
10. Color the Easter bunny.
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