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Easter is Sunday, April 8, 2012
Easter always falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon of Spring.
Easter Sunday 2013 is March 31, 2013 | Easter Sunday 2014 is April 20, 2014
Easter Sunday 2015 is April 5, 2015 | Easter Sunday 2016 is March 27, 2016
The origin of the Easter Bunny:
The traditions of painting Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny are ancient history - literally! The ancient Greeks colored Easter Eggs and rabbits and hares (being such famously fertile animals) represent the fertility of Spring and are symbols of the rising fertility of the earth at the Vernal Equinox.. Eggs are also symbols of fertility, thusly, painted and decorated eggs were given as gifts representing new life. The name Easter is thought to have derived from Eostre, an ancient pagan goddess of Spring. Yes, that's coororrect! Some Easter origins, as well as those of the Easter Bunny, come from pre-Christian lore. Dating back to the time before Jesus Christ, parents told their children to expect presents from a magic hare. Since hares are quite rare in many regions, the bunny rabbit widely replaced the hare; this is how the Easter Bunny has become so famous now. Eostre is related to the German Ostara; and according to a popular piece of folklore, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became the modern Easter Bunny.
The bunny was first used as a symbol of Easter in 16th century Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings. The first edible Easter bunnies, made primarily of pastry and sugar, were produced in Germany as well, during the early 1800s. Also in Germany, children made nests of grass and placed them in their yards. They believed the Easter Bunny would fill these baskets with brightly decorated eggs during the night.
Associating the Easter Bunny with gifts, much like Santa Claus, has commercialized "The Bunny" and it is quite common now for The Easter Bunny to make appearances in costume in the early Spring leading up to the holiday on Easter Sunday.