Over the years, Easter has become synonymous with chocolate bunnies and eggs, but where did this association start?
Most of us grew up associating Easter with a bunny who brings candy and eggs, but don’t question how this legend came to be. This Easter, The Corner Shop in Linden invited the public to experience the origin of the Easter bunny and egg by joining them for an art exhibition where local artists showcase their interpretation of what came first – the bunny or the egg?
The exact origins of this mythical mammal are unclear, but rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its coloured eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries progressed to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, and nests where replaced by decorated baskets.
The origin of the Easter egg is linked to pagan traditions in which the egg is an ancient symbol of new life. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection.
All exhibiting artists were tasked with making use of a ceramic bunny and or ostrich egg to create their works.
The exhibition showcased artworks by artists Yannis John Generalis, Sybrandt Wiechers, Debbie Cloete, Gordon Froud, Belinda Leontsinis, David and Carolyn Batzofin, Mandi Friedman, Moira MacMurray, Izanne Wild, Marina Louw, Retha Buitendach, Sally Rumball, George and Janine Holloway.
At the event guests were treated to Drambuie on the rocks, some delicious snacks and Lindt Easter bunnies.
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