EASTER AND THE MOON
When we celebrate Christmas, it’s always on December 25. Valentine’s Day is always on February 14. Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday towards the end of November.
But although Easter is always in spring and always on Sunday, it can come at very different times during the spring season. Have you ever wondered why some years we celebrate Easter at the beginning of April, other times in the middle of April, and sometimes at the end of March?
It is all because of the moon.
The moon determines the date for Easter because Easter always falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the beginning of spring, which comes on March 20.
Storytellers in the East were aware of the rabbit in the moon and made up many stories about it. Most of these stories tell about a sacrificial rabbit who was rewarded by having his image placed on the moon.
So since there is a rabbit on the moon, and story tellers in the East made up stories about him, do you think the bunny on the moon might have some relationship to the legend of the Easter bunny? Or is it just a coincidence?
Only one of the Easter bunny children books provides the clue – The Bunny Side of Easter.