Easter Bunny Decorations
For thousands of years the rabbit has been a symbol of fertility. The Goddess Eostre (also known as Eastre among different variants) was the Great Mother Goddess of the Anglo-Saxons. The Saxons worshiped her through her earthly symbol of the rabbit. The name of the goddess was gotten from the old word for spring.
Having started as an agnostic festival originating before Christianity the rabbit tradition was brought to America by the German immigrants in the 1500 and 1600. The immigrants would advise tales to their children of the Easter Hare who had laid eggs for children to discover. Cakes were also baked in the shape of bunnies. Easter rabbit cupcake decoration idea. Ice your cupcake with a pastel shade of pink. With white icing make two cheeks, putting them just underneath midway. Use a jam bean for the eyes and nose and small marshmallows cut and shaped for the ears. To make the pink inward ear, plunge the cut side of the marshmallow into pink sugar. The last touch is to pipe a few whiskers from the cheeks.
The Easter Egg
As with the Easter rabbit the Easter egg also predates Christianity. In numerous cultures the egg symbolizes resurrection, new life and fertility and is used in Spring festivals. In Medieval times eggs were not permitted during Lent which traditionally ends on Holy Saturday – the day after Good Friday. Eggs laid during the multi day time of Lent were frequently boiled or preserved and the egg turned into a mainstay of Easter meals. Numerous traditions have created around the Easter egg with the coloring of eggs turning into an established art – the most detailed decorations originating from Eastern Europe. These days there are numerous chocolate eggs with colored foil to represent the painted egg. Eggs are used as occasion games such as the Easter egg chase and the egg roll. The most famous of these is the egg move which usually takes place on the White House garden every year.