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No Easter Bunnies in Poland?


Lyzko 20 | 6,170    
7 Apr 2015  #1
It occurred to me long ago that one of the most iconic of Anglo-Easter representations, the Easter Rabbit, appears to be missing from many European Easter traditions, including Poland's:-) Is this so or am I missing something?

On the other hand, pisanki don't really exist in the homegrown variety here in the States, unless in a Ukrainian or Polish community, so it's one in exchange for the other, I guess.
TheOther 5 | 3,679    
7 Apr 2015  #2
one of the most iconic of Anglo-Easter representations, the Easter Rabbit, appears to be missing from many European Easter traditions

Still very popular in Germany: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Bunny

"The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus[2] (About Easter Eggs) in 1682[3] referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children."
JollyRomek 7 | 481    
7 Apr 2015  #3
"the Easter Rabbit, appears to be missing" - No surprise here. I'd go AWOL too if i had to carry tons of Easter eggs in this weather.
kpc21 1 | 763    
8 Apr 2015  #4
As Easter isn't so commercial as Christmas, the western Easter traditions don't attack Poland so much. There is, for example, at least in most of the country regions, no tradition of the Bunny bringing gifts, and giving gifts for Easter at all. Although I can hear from time to time in TV commercials about giving somebody the advertised product as a present for Easter. But the Easter Bunny as a symbol exists in Poland - with the difference that it's not a rabbit, but a hare (zajÄ…czek wielkanocny). For example you can buy a chocolate one in every shop, like a chocolate Santa Claus for Chritsmas.

According to Polish Wikipedia: pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaj%C4%85c_wielkanocny
this tradition is cultivated in Silesia and Wielkopolska (Greater Poland), where the rabbit brings small gifts.
OP Lyzko 20 | 6,170    
8 Apr 2015  #5
Easter may well be not as commercial, however many Catholic Poles have told me, that it may even be a holiday of more solemn significance:-)
bullfrog 6 | 603    
8 Apr 2015  #6
From a pure religious vantage point, Easter has indeed probably more significance than Christmas..And the Easter bunny, a bit like Santa Claus, is not an 'anglo" invention but one which originates from Germany
OP Lyzko 20 | 6,170    
8 Apr 2015  #7
Whenever I've seen Polish Easter celebrated, i.e. in areas such as Greenpoint, Bklyn. or Maspeth, Queens, it's usually quite an elaborate affair with lots of yellow and green draped everywhere, plus the traditional stick-to-your-ribs repast on Easter Sunday:-)

.....but NO BUNNIES!!!!


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