Easter is the day on which the death and resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. As such, it is one of the oldest words in English. The first use goes right back to the origins of the English language. However, the customs familiar to most in the United States and the United Kingdom came much later.
Lamb as a meal for Easter took some time. First of all, Jesus was regarded as the Easter lamb, and it was only around 1600 or so that the lamb became a festive dish in England.
After enjoying popularity in Germany for the previous 50 years or so, the Easter rabbit hopped into the United States around about 1880, the same time that hunting for Easter eggs started. However, any reference to the Easter bunny had to wait for another 20 years or so.
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