Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!  As an aside, my theory on how the bunny and the egg became part of the Easter tradition is someone at a Saturday evening passover seder a long time ago decided to, instead of (as tradition calls for) taking a piece of matzah and hiding it so that children could find it and receive a prize, color an egg for the seder plate and hide that instead of the Afikoman (the aforementioned piece of matzah).  The egg was artfully hidden by the front porch of the house, but as it turns out no one at said seder could find said egg, and the host of the seder had forgotten where he put it.

The very next morning, Easter Sunday, a little boy walking on his way to church saw a bunny on the sidewalk and chased it back to its warren - and to his shock and delight, he found a brightly painted egg, bursting with colors.  It was on that day the tradition of the Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg hunt was born.

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