Hunting the Easter Bunny Eggs out in the nature is a family tradition I can remember since I was big enough to sit in my father’s rucksack. Every year the feeling of anticipation and excitement takes me down the memory lane. You may say I’m a bit childish, but I’m just fine with that and it’s important to get the right spirit – and of course: you have to love being outdoors too. Yet another thing is that Easter first of all brings the feeling of spring: another great example of the change in the significant four seasons in Norway.
This year we found a nice, quiet spot in the neighbourhood (just 20 min walk) – a natural pearl of a river surrounded by a little forest (click all pics to bigify and enjoy):
Still some snow, but for sure you can smell spring in the fresh, crispy air.
I went a bit ahead, to see if a can find some bunny footstep. Yea, it’s a family tradition – my father did so when we where young – so now it’s my turn – get the idea? :lol: . Walking along the river with increasing streams (next pic to the left), I found this beautiful fall (right pic):
Beside the waterfall, I found a perfect place to sit and make bonfire:
Then I told them I’ve seen foot prints in the snow and the hunt begins. The Easter Bunny knows exactly where to lay the eggs:
It’s easy to find if you follow the footprint and of course much more fun when you have a whole forest to hunt in. Every one helps to look and after a while, all of us has gotten the trophy:
The Easter Eggs hunting crew by the waterfall.
I always want us to learn something from my posts, so I’ve been digging on the net about this phenomena and stumble upon this from SearchWarp:
The symbol of the rabbit is actually a Pagan symbol, for the ancient Pagan celebration of Eastre. The Goddess, Eastre, was worshiped by Anglo-Saxons, and was known by her unique symbol, of the rabbit – the symbol of fertility and rebirth. The Germans were actually the first country to recognize the rabbit as an Easter symbol, and spread Bunny Cheer throughout the world, including America. The Christians didn’t recognize the Bunny as the Symbol of Easter for a long period after Easter was celebrated.
The Easter Eggs, like the Easter Bunny, predates the Christian Holiday of Easter. The exchange of eggs during the New Spring Celebration was an ancient tradition, which was practiced long before Christians celebrated Easter. Dating back in ancient times, the exchange of eggs was practiced through various cultures, as a symbol of rebirth. Noble families would wrap the eggs in gold leaf, and the peasants would boil and colour the eggs with flowers and leaves, and offer them as gifts.
That would be the Germans, as far back as the early 1500s, recognized the Rabbit as a symbol of Easter, And during the 1800’s, they celebrated the eating of edible Easter Bunnies. The Germans were masters in culinary arts, especially with chocolate and delicious sweets, the first edible bunnies were made from pastry and sugar.
Well, enough history and back to our adventures: Now it was time for our picnic and the tradition of frying sausages on sticks:
It’s a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master ;-)
As my regular readers know, I love being out in the nature and are fairly good equipped. Here you see the fry result and the accessories:
Sami knife, wooden cup (made by my son!), the egg and the fried sausage on lompe (potato cake) with ketchup and muster on my sophisticated stick.
So now I hope you understand the excitement in my Easter anticipation and why it’s so important to me to hold on to this childish, family tradition of believing it is the Easter Bunny who laid the eggs. Also I hope you see why this should be an outdoor activity: You have to find the eggs in the Bunny’s natural surrounding of course! And tell me; What can be more recreational than sitting around a bonfire, smell that spring is in the air, listen to the sound of birds and waterfalls?
That’s what I call quality time!
Happy Easter to all – and if you want some more details of this family tradition, you’re welcome to read my posts from previous years – the same procedure as every year:
2007: Bonfire at the Easter Egg Hunt
2008: Spring equinox and Easter egg hunt
2008: Hunting Easter Bunny Eggs in snow