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Easter Bunny smashes chocolate Santa record
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Easter Bunny smashes chocolate Santa record

Published: 23 Mar 2013 11:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Mar 2013 11:34 GMT+01:00

The Easter Bunny has taken on Father Christmas and won, at least in chocolate form. Record numbers of German-made chocolate bunnies will hop their way into shops this year, millions more than the number of Santas made at Christmas.

A record-breaking 190 million chocolate Easter Bunnies have been produced in Germany in the run-up to Easter, said the German confectionery association (BDSI) on Friday.

That's around 50 million more edible bunnies than chocolate Santas made last Christmas and three million more bunnies than last year.

“The production of chocolate Easter Bunnies has hit a new record,” said Torben Erbrath, head of the association's chocolate products department.

Many of the chocolate Easter rabbits, linked in pagan and Christian traditions with the coming of spring, will not stay in Germany, but will be sold elsewhere.

44 percent will be sent abroad, mainly to other EU countries, but also to shops in the US and Australia.

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12:33 March 23, 2013 by Englishted
What link is there to Christian tradition , never seen the Easter bunny in the bible .
23:19 March 23, 2013 by scottfree
The Bunny is right there in the Bible next to Santa and the "Pine Tree in the living room"... Easter is a syncretic element of the Pagan practice of Spring celebrations. And what better says "Spring" then horny bunnies and eggs, i.e. fertility.
08:35 March 24, 2013 by wood artist
@Englishted

Virtually all the Christian holidays, with the exception of the Catholic church's Saint's Days, are piggybacked upon pre-existing Pagan celebrations. For example, there is no direction connection...as far as historical record goes...that shows Jesus was born on Christmas. It was, more or less, the celebration of the unconquered sun celebrated by the Pagans, and in Germany also included the Rauhnächte celebration. Easter marked the Pagan fertility festivals along with the Equinox and the "re-birth" of spring, so the idea of a resurrection matched up quite well.

The whole idea was to not appear to be too shocking, so the church simply picked up the existing "holidays" and re-branded them with "Christian" events. There weren't any Christmas trees in the stable with the manger, and none of the other trappings of Christmas were there either, regardless of what time of year it actually took place. Obviously Easter is screwed up, since it can vary by nearly a full month as to a date. It's no accident that the date each year is tied to a particular full moon.

The Easter Bunny certainly isn't in the bible, but then considering the bible was "assembled" by a bunch of men, and a lot of potential books were excluded...usually because they didn't agree with the books that were included, there are lots of things that aren't in the book. Anyway, that's the answer to your question...assuming it really was a question. Have a great Easter regardless.

wa
18:59 March 25, 2013 by Englishted
@wood artist

Good thought maybe the missing bunny is in the Gnostic Gospels ,so now I have something to read in front of the fire this Easter ,hope you enjoy it too.
01:00 March 26, 2013 by neunElf
You guys must be barrel of laughs at a party!

I bet you never get invited.
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