Although the origins of the Easter rabbit are not well defined, it seems that the choice of the rabbit as a symbol to celebrate Easter is due to its well-known procreation capacity, of great symbolic value in festivals dedicated to spring and the fertility of the earth. after winter. It has its origin in the Germanic culture, which gave the Easter Bunny the meaning of mythical child character that we know today.
However, before Christ, the rabbit was already a symbol of fertility associated with the Phoenician goddess Asarte, to whom the month of April was also dedicated. In Anglo-Saxon countries this goddess is called Easter and the Easter festival was celebrated in her honor.
This festival was originally the spring festival and served to honor the Teutonic goddess of light and spring. In the 8th century, the Anglo-Saxons transferred the name of Easter to the Christian holiday that designates the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ, adapting the name of the pagan holiday in Christian traditions.
From the 19th century, chocolate and sugar dolls began to be manufactured in Germany, due to the fact that a legend began to circulate among the population that transmits the story about the origin of the Easter rabbit. This story tells that a rabbit was locked in the tomb next to Jesus and witnessed his resurrection.
Having witnessed the miracle, and left the cave together with Jesus, it is said that he was chosen as the messenger who should communicate and remind all the children of the good news, giving away painted eggs, which are currently also made of chocolate and other goodies during Easter.
Nowadays, in addition to chocolate eggs, chocolate rabbits are also made, which are usually given during the Easter or Easter holidays. All of them have become a pastry product that can be seen in stores in many countries at this time, although they are not the only ones.
If you like to cook and, what is better, eat, here are some delicious delicacies (sweet and savory) that cannot be missing on your table during Easter.
- French toast
Did you have bread left over from the day before? Do not throw it away! Today we make torrijas. Cut the bread into slices and heat the milk with a cinnamon stick and lemon. When it is warm, wet the bread well and let it rest for an hour. Then coat them in egg and fry them. Now all that remains is the final step: sprinkle sugar on them and ... lick your fingers!
It is a proposal that comes directly from Andalusia (Spain), but, how could it be otherwise, has spread throughout the world, and it is delicious! The children will enjoy preparing it a lot, since they have to make a dough with the flour, a little salt, white wine, cinnamon and sesame, and later, the parents will be in charge of frying the pestiños. Then, you just have to wait for them to cool down, pour a little sugar on top and ... let's eat!
What would an Easter be without donuts! True? Beat the egg with a little sugar and then add oil, yeast and lemon zest. Now you will have to add flour little by little until a dough is formed that does not stick to your fingers. To make the shape, think of a donuts but thinner. When the oil is hot, it's time to put them in the pan, but be careful that the children are not around. Leave it to them to give them a 'sugar bath'.
- Fried milk
This sweet is simple to make, fast and, at the same time, inexpensive. As its name suggests, you need milk, which you should heat along with a little cinnamon and lemon. Then remove them and add cornstarch and, when everything has been diluted, sugar and wheat flour. It will be necessary to move slowly and constantly so that no lumps are produced. Do you already have a compact dough? Then it is time to remove it from the heat, dump it on a tray and make small pieces (this is the most entertaining part for children). Put the mini-pieces in a pan, drain the oil when you take them out and decorate to your liking!
The custom of hiding painted eggs in the gardens of the houses, for the joy and delight of the children who find them, is still maintained in many countries. It symbolizes Herod's persecution of Jesus and God's intervention to avoid being found.
It is a tradition from the countries of Northern Europe that is already played in Spain or Latin America because it is an excellent family plan to say goodbye to rest days after Easter. Do you want to know how to make this game and make it a success? Here are some rules that you must follow:
- The elderly will have to limit an area (the garden, the common area, the park next to the house) where to hide the eggs. Do not forget to count those that you have kept in the eyes of children! If the good weather is not good, you can improvise the plan at home.
- Each child must bring a wicker basket (a bag in its defect) to keep the precious object and that it does not spoil.
- It is necessary to explain to the children that here nobody wins or loses and that all the eggs will be distributed among all the participants.
- If you want to add excitement to the quest, you can give the children 'a treasure map' with the key places to find the eggs.
- In the event that the group is very large and the kids are of different ages, you can organize an easier search for the little ones and a more complicated one for the older ones.
Fun is assured!
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