Aussie Easter in Autumn – EVER WONDERED WHATS WITH THE BUNNY AND THE CHOCOLATE EGG?
Should we be celebrating easter differently in the Yarra Valley?
Easter – A time for renewal and rebirth. Most of the world is going into spring, the days are getting sunnier and warmer and flowers and trees are starting to bud. For us Aussies however, we are obviously entering our colder months. The trees are losing their leaves, and we’re preparing to stay warm and dry and just generally slow down over the next few months. We’re checking that our heaters still operate correctly and we have no Carbon monoxide threats to the safety of our family - We're checking that we have no leaks in our roof and our gutters aren’t blocked with leaves.
Meanwhile, everyone generally enjoys spring time! It's also the time for a visit from the famous bunny and buckets of chocolate eggs! Chocolate! This makes people even happier. However, contrary to what a typical spring-time holiday may lead you to believe, bunnies don't lay eggs. They certainly have nothing to do with the production of chocolate eggs.
So, how is it that the Easter Bunny came to deliver chocolate eggs across the world? Even more…in Australia when we’re heading into our coldest months of the year!
The origin of these two Easter symbols date back hundreds of years and have evolved dramatically over time. The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs began as two separate symbols for the same thing: FERTILITY/REBIRTH.
Rabbits breed A LOT in spring, and this made them a natural representation of fertility. Over time, the symbol of the rabbit transformed into the Easter Bunny.
As for chocolate eggs, the exact origin of their link is uncertain. Eggs represent new life and fertility; however, some say that its because birds reproduce and lay their eggs in the spring…
Easter eggs turned chocolate in the 19th century, in France and Germany. Of course, the production of these eggs didn't really take off until Cadbury began mass producing, but we shouldn’t complain really – we all love a bit of chocolate!
So, while we celebrate easter in the Yarra Valley this year, maybe we should think about changing the ideas traditions in our homes. Naturally we are preparing for colder months with less daylight hours. Heating our homes should be come a priority, along with ensuring our tanks are ready to catch all the rain that’s bound to fall.
If we think about it…the idea of snuggling up near a fire or on the couch with a warm hot chocolate or milo, marshmallows, a good book or Netflix series sounds pretty nice. All whilst we listen to the rain on our new Colourbond roof installed by Alpine Trade Group 😉 This sounds like a nice way to relax and enjoy a long weekend.
Happy easter everyone – Stay safe and if you need us for anything please call 1300 252 225.