Every spring, our dining room table is cluttered with Easter baskets, boxes of stale Peeps, plastic eggs, and chocolate rabbits. Oddly enough, though, I never really questioned the correlation between Easter and rabbits. I just took for granted they always lived hand in hand, until I came across some information about the ritual’s origins. Turns out, we have the Germans to thank for importing the Easter Bunny into American folklore. He first appeared on the scene during the 16th century, when it was written than if little boys and girls made nests out of their caps and bonnets, the Easter Bunny would fill them with colored eggs.
The word, Easter, comes from the term Ostara, which is the name of the Spring equinox, and it’s been documented, too, by the Venerable Bede that Easter comes from Eostre–the Germanic goddess of Spring. But while and these facts have very little to do with rabbits, really, what would Easter be without them? For without the Easter Bunny, there would be no chocolate rabbits; and without chocolate rabbits, there would be no chocolate rabbit ears, and everyone knows that’s the best part.
For those of you who do celebrate it, have a happy Easter! Here’s a few neighborhood spots offering brunch on Easter Sunday: