It’s almost time again for colourfully painted eggs and delicious chocolate bunnies!
This year it’s April the 12th, when families get together to celebrate Easter. Kids will agree: Besides of painting eggs, the best part of this holiday is when they can seek out their hidden Easter nests! Maybe they will even manage to catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny? When I was little, I even tried to attract him by building a little nest out of hay and lay it with carrots. Unfortunately, I never got to see him, but at least he left me a little surprise: Small chocolate eggs with creamy filling. I was so excited! In Germany, bunnies and eggs simply belong to Easter. Why? That’s what you will learn in this small but special “story behind”.
What’s the thing with the Easter Bunny?
That’s not that easy to clarify. In fact, there are countless variations on the origin of the Easter Bunny. In many cultures and religions, the hare is the symbol of fertility. This is due to its strong reproduction rate. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday of the full spring moon, while the hare is also known as the lunar animal. Figure it out: If your imagination game is strong, you may discover a lying rabbit by looking at the moon. Children’s imagination is stimulated by the belief in the Easter Bunny as well. According to psychologists, that’s actually pretty good for their cognitive development: This is how they learn to consider opportunities that don’t exist in the real world.
Why is it bringing eggs?
Whether they’re made of chocolate or by chicken: eggs are part of the Easter tradition. Before the story of the Easter Bunny was told, it’s been the job of birds like the stork or the cuckoo to bring the Easter eggs with them. Already the ancient Egyptians and the Teutons knew the egg as a sign of fertility. This belief was also taken up by the church, which is why the egg is a Christian symbol for life and the resurrection of Jesus. The colouring of the eggs is somewhat older than the Christian tradition as well. That’s proven by painted ostrich eggs which have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs! From the 12th century, the Easter eggs were painted and decorated in bright colours.
Easter celebration at PICKMOTION
In our office there will certainly be one speciality besides chocolate bunnies and eggs at Easter: our absolute favourite cake aka Rüblikuchen. Last but not least we have a quick and fine recipe recommendation for you:
Simply grate 400g carrots, mix with the juice and the zest of a lemon, 200ml oil, 200g cane sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 pack of baking powder, 400g flour and 1 pack of vanilla sugar. Then pour the dough into a springform pan and bake at 180°C for about 50 minutes.
To spread some spring vibes we like it best with a thick layer of frosting, decorated with a few walnuts and dried, edible flowers.
Whether you’re going to paint eggs, snack chocolate bunnies or bake carrot cake: Enjoy it! We wish you all a wonderful Easter.