Sunday, April 04, 2010

The Easter Hare?

According to Wikipedia, "The original 'Easter Bunny' was introduced to America by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s and was known as the 'Osterhas.' 'Hase' means 'hare,' not rabbit, and in Northwest European folklore the 'Easter Bunny' indeed is a hare, not a rabbit."

Hares are generally larger and faster than rabbits and have longer ears and larger feet than rabbits.

While the Year of the Rabbit has come and gone, rabbits - and hares - on stamps and postcards (like the one shown above) continues to be a popular collecting topic.

Happy Easter!

To learn more about the origins of Easter, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM