September 28th International Rabbit Day

Sept. 28th International Rabbit Day

Some call this Bunny day but either way it always falls on the last Saturday in September. Unless you have a garden, it’s pretty hard not to love rabbits.  They are soft and cuddly, cute to watch and they always leave a trail for you to follow to find them. Now you might think Bunny Day would fall closer to Easter, but we are talking about real rabbits here, not the man-made kind. If you get one for a pet be careful, they do bite, but they really don’t mean it.

How to celebrate – Adopt a pet rabbit. Search for rabbits in the woods. Dress up like a bunny and see if anyone notices. Visit peacebunnyisland.org to learn more about this teen’s awesome work rescuing rabbits.

September 28th International Rabbit Day

Sept. 28th International Rabbit Day

Some call this Bunny day but either way it always falls on the last Saturday in September. Unless you have a garden, it’s pretty hard not to love rabbits.  They are soft and cuddly, cute to watch and they always leave a trail for you to follow to find them. Now you might think Bunny Day would fall closer to Easter, but we are talking about real rabbits here, not the man-made kind. If you get one for a pet be careful, they do bite, but they really don’t mean it.

How to celebrate – Adopt a pet rabbit. Search for rabbits in the woods. Dress up like a bunny and see if anyone notices. Visit peacebunnyisland.org to learn more about this teen’s awesome work rescuing rabbits.

April 21st Easter Sunday

For Christians today is the day Jesus arose from the dead showing that God could even defeat death. It is a great day of celebration as it should be. The cross and Empty Tomb is the symbol of Easter for Christians. While Easter Service is a tradition for most.

Other symbols and traditions have crept in. The day is filled with colorful eggs that are hidden so they smell really bad when you do actually find them, chocolate, jelly beans, and Peeps. Did you know that over 1.5 billion Peeps are sold yearly, most at Easter since it is also tied to the Goddess Eastre, who is symbolized as a bunny (funny how that worked out).

How to celebrate – Go to church. Hide Easter eggs. Celebrate the Resurrection with a family party.

September 23rd International Rabbit Day

What on earth is cuter than a bunny? The correct answer is, nothing! It is believed that today was created by the White Bunny group in the UK but since they are no longer around (Probably went down the rabbit hole) it cannot be verified. But does it matter? A rabbit never hurt anyone, well… not exactly true cause they do bite.

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Oh, and they eat the food right out of your garden! I remember my grandmother chasing them away from her garden. It was entertaining because they would simply go in circles, never leaving until my grandmother wore out. I don’t think they understood what she was doing and they certainly did not seem scared of her.

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And if there weren’t any bunnies around there would be no Easter eggs! There would be no point in running out in the yard on Easter morning to hunt for anything because it just simply wouldn’t be there!

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There are a lot of things on this earth that represent love but the bunny, the rabbit, pretty much gathers it altogether in one little package. Today seems to have been created to advance rabbits as pets and to help protect them in the wild.

How to celebrate – Look into getting a rabbit for a pet. (Warning, they do leave a mess behind  them) Give a rabbit eating in your garden a break and let it have  the little bit it will eat. Do not accept any product made with rabbit fur.

Why Does a Bunny Lay Eggs on Easter? (strange traditions)

Easter is the Holiest Day in the Christian Calendar. The Bible talks of many animals such as donkeys, cattle, sheep, etc…. But bunnies??? and egg laying bunnies at that!

The idea of an egg laying hare here in America seems to date back to the early 1700’s from a tale (Osterhase) that traversed the Atlantic with German immigrants.

Like many other holidays that we see, such as Christmas and the German Rose Sunday Festival, the idea of the Easter Bunny arose out of parents wanting to create a tall tale of why the children should be good throughout the year. It seems that the Bunny was considered a “watchman” much like St Claus’s and his Elves with a list of those that were “Naughty or Nice”. If the children were “Nice”, the Easter Bunny would visit the house on Easter Eve.

He would bring eggs, candy, and gifts in a basket to make a nest filled with the goodies in the children’s Easter Bonnet or Caps – hence the idea of baskets, nests, and bonnets!

No one knows exactly how the eggs in the basket came to be, but the idea of using and dyeing eggs seems to date back to the early 13th Century. Some believe the egg was a symbol of fertility and birth, just as the bunny and spring are,  while there are other accounts of the preserved, boiled, decorated egg being used in celebrations after the fasting of lent. However the tradition of eggs being symbolic at Easter came about – there is one sure thing – they aren’t going to disappear from the modern Easter tale. According to an article by CNN in 2015, “180 million eggs are ‘eggs-pected’ to be purchased by Americans for dyeing and decorating this year”.

As for the other main goodie in the Easter Nest – Chocolate! – well it has been satisfying sweet-tooth’s for Centuries. Once reserved as a luxury for kings, queens, and emperors billions of chocolate is enjoyed yearly by every-day people today.

So there’s only one question – do you eat the Ears first??? (If you do, you’re not alone – in 2014 89% of Americans did :))

Suggested Activities to celebrate:

Gorge on Chocolate – yes it’s OK to have chocolate for breakfast one day a year  🙂

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