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April 18, 2014

Frank S. Guild, 1903 - Ladies Home Journal

Have you ever wondered how bunnies became associated with Easter?  


The Discovery Channel did some investigating and seems to have reached the most reasonable and accepted explanation.  13th century pre-Christian Germans worshiped gods and goddesses.  Eostra, their goddess of Spring and fertility, was honored on the Vernal Equinox and her symbol was the rabbit.

Pagan Spring rituals and Christian resurrection tradition melded as Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Europe by the 15th century.

The Christian German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania brought their traditions of rabbits and colored eggs to America.  The rest is history.

fleaChic usually features Before & After projects on Fridays but today
we're deviating from the norm. On this Good Friday we're going to
view different photos and paintings of humble and adorable bunnies.

Young Hare by Albrecht Durer, 1502 



Marie Rosalie Bonheur, France, 1840


Herman Kaulbach, Germany, 1876


Peace and Love


Sweetly Surreal

16 comments:

  1. Oh I LOVE LOVE everyone of these. Thank you . Hug B

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    1. They're precious, aren't they? Have a great weekend.

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  2. É Páscoa! Cristo está vivo, o túmulo está vazio, Ele ressuscitou!!! A mais bela festa dos Cristãos.
    Crentes no Amor de Deus Pai que nos deu seu Filho Jesus Cristo que permanece conosco pela força do
    Espírito Santos, seguimos nossa caminhada na construção de um mundo mais justo, fraterno, humano,
    harmonioso e de doação.
    Todos somos promotores da Paz!
    Feliz, Santa e Abençoada Páscoa.
    Marie.

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    1. Espero que tengas una Pascua feliz y bendecida. De hecho, él ha resucitado!

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  3. Love your bunnies Jan..So cute,,Happy Easter

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you and your family have a safe and joyous Easter also.

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  4. Precious bunnies and lovely paintings...two are my favorites...Beatrix Potter (have all her books) and I love the little girl on the step with the bunny eating out of the skillet...Adorable.

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    1. Isn't it amusing that rabbits have been the subject of painters for over 500 years?! I love bunnies and their soft cuddly fur. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed Easter.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

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  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog! And especially, as a result, helping me find my way to yours!
    Best bunny pictures EVER. Impossible to decide which is the cutest.

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    1. Thanks! It's so nice to meet new blog friends. Have a wonderful Easter.

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  7. Oh my goodness I absolutely loved this !!
    What a beautiful composition of bunny photos ~
    it really thrilled me .

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    1. I've heard that some rabbits can be fairly vicious but I've always thought of them as cuddly and precious. Have a wonderful Easter.

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  8. So nice to meet you Jan. Thank you for visiting and leaving such a kind note..
    I love this post! I really enjoyed all the photos, they are so sweet!
    Wishing you a happy Easter,

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter weekend.

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