Besides eggs, Easter is also synonymous with bunnies. It's no wonder you'll find many rabbit-shaped objects during Easter celebrations. Actually, the Bible never tells about the rabbit and Easter. So, there is no explanation for rabbits in the Christian scriptures.
However, the rabbit and Easter are becoming known around the world due to their history originating in Germany. This was revealed by the Center for Children's Literature and Culture at the University of Florida. So, the origin of the Easter bunny comes from Germany in the era before knowing Christianity or it is called pre-Christian.
At that time, people worshiped gods and goddesses. They believe in the existence of the Teutonic God Eostra who is the god of spring. So, they hold a feast on the Vernal Equinox in honor of the god.
Spring is a symbol of new birth. Meanwhile, eggs have been a symbol of fertility since ancient times. Easter eggs and the Easter bunny are part of the symbols of the new birth. The reason is, rabbits are animals that easily breed and can give birth to many rabbit children. That makes the rabbit synonymous with Easter or new birth.
When it comes to the Easter bunny, Peter Cottontail will always be remembered. So, let’s get to know about the famous Easter rabbit - Peter Cottontail. Peter is a fictional rabbit character created by Thornton Burgess. He is a writer from Massachusetts.
His work began in 1910. At that time, he made a series with the title Old Mother West Wind. In the book, he tells of a rabbit character named Peter Rabbit.
After four years of being known to the world, Burgess changed the name Peter Rabbit to Peter Cottontail. This made the fictional rabbit character more famous than before because his name was not as simple as it used to be.
In 1960, Burgess had written stories from Peter in more than 15,000 short stories in daily newspapers. However, there are several stories that were made into books. Then, there were other writers who used the name Peter Cottontail as a character in the stories they wrote. However, Burgess is the original author and the best-known author of the Peter Cottontail story.
Then, Harrison Cardy adapted the stories of Peter Cottontail into a comic. He made these comics from 1920 to 1948. Because of that, the character of Peter Cottontail has become increasingly recognized by children all over the world.
Because it was getting more popular, in 1971, there was an event on one television station that made Peter Cottontail their program that is Here Comes Peter Cottontail. The show adapted the story of Peter which was rewritten by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich in 1957. The novel, entitled The Easter Bunny that Overslept, was also very popular.
In 1950, Gene Autry released the Here Comes Peter Cottontail song. The song was released during the Easter holiday season. Eventually, the song also became so popular and became at the top of the Pop and Country charts.
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Peter Rabbit or Peter Cottontail is a fictional rabbit who has a mischievous character. He never listened to his mother's advice. He has three brothers named Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail. They live together with their mother in a mound under a fir tree.
Peter's mother advised her children not to play near Mr. McGreagor's house because their father used to be a pie after going there. Three of his children obeyed the order, except Peter. Peter was curious about what was in Mr. McGregor's garden, so he came there. There, Peter ate a lot of lettuce, beans, and radishes.
When Peter wants to eat a cucumber, he meets Mr. McGregor. Finally, Mr. McGregor attempted to catch up to Peter. Frightened, Peter forgot the way out of the garden. Finally, Peter was caught in a net and could not escape.
Then, Peter ran and entered a warehouse. There, he hides inside a flower-watering can. Mr. McGregor also went into the warehouse. He was sure that Peter must be hiding in some of his garden tools there. He looked for Peter in every corner of the warehouse He also looked for Peter in the flower pots that were there.
Because he didn't find Peter, Mr. McGregor gave up and went back to gardening. Meanwhile, Peter decided to rest in his hiding place.
After hiding for a long time, Peter heard the voice of Mr. McGregor who was busy with his work. At that moment, Peter tried to get out of the warehouse. He saw the gate open. Finally, Peter can get out of Mr. McGregor's garden safely.
Peter's story has a good moral message for children. Children can learn to listen to good words from their parents. Because it is good entertainment for children, the story of Peter was filmed by Walt Disney in 1938.
In 2012, Peter's story was made into an animated television show by Nickelodeon. In February 2018, Peter was filmed by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation as a 3D animated comedy.