It’s that time of year again when the Easter bunny visits children (of all ages) around the world, showers them with chocolate and leaves his eggs for all to find.
Despite what you may think, the Easter Bunny is not a modern invention and has his roots in ancient folklore of many cultures. In many cultures the rabbit or hare is associated with the moon and/ or fertility lore, since the rabbit and hare were seen as the most fertile animals. In correlation with spring, the represent new life and beginnings.
Eggs are also a symbol of new life and it is said that the Easter Bunny would leave brightly colored eggs for good children on Easter morning.
The celebration and name of Easter date back to Norsemen’s Eostur, Eastar, Ostara, and Ostar, and the pagan goddess Eostre, all of which involve the season of the growing sun and new birth.
With this short history lesson, you can prepare yourself for the free PIFA family-oriented Easter Egg Hunt on April 24 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Designed for children under the age of 10, the hunt will take place in the Kimmel Center Plaza.
Hope to see you there.
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