Hunting Easter Bunny Eggs outdoors in Norway

Hunting Easter Bunny Eggs outdoors in Norway #3The history of Easter Egg Hunting is linked to Pagan traditions, has nothing to do with Christianity, but is a beloved event for kids everywhere. In my family it’s for kids of all ages as we’ve done it since I a little boy and still do it – outdoors of course – so it’s also a way to greeting the spring, when winter is retiring and nature is coming out of hibernation. Spring means new life, and in Norway of course literary to be seen when the snow and ice are melting. There you also have the connection to rabbits or hare which have long been a symbol of spring and fertility. Since there will be no Easter Egg Hunt without the Bunny, we must first look at why rabbits are associated with Easter: Known for their prolific procreating, they were the sacred animal of the Saxon goddess of spring and fertility.
Before I reveal how a rabbit laid an egg, let me show and tell you how we do the outdoors hunting in my family. Since we do this every year and I have posted about it before of course, I have plenty of photos from this adventure, and here I’ve put them together to give you an overview:
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Outdoor recreation goes with my family – especially in weekends and holidays. At Easter every year, the feeling of anticipation and excitement takes me down the memory lane. You may say I’m a bit childish, but I’m just fine with that and it’s important to get in the right spirit – and of course: you have to love being outdoors – sometimes the snow hasn’t even melted yet and then it’s even more cozy to lite the bonfire and grill hotdogs on a stick:
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Beside the thrill of the Easter egg hunt, this is also about enjoying spring – outdoors – after a dark and cold season. Since settlement of mankind in Norway, thousands of years back, we take advantage of, are celebrating and enjoying the feeling of spring – a significant change in seasons – and therefore an important part of our rituals and habits.
I also once made a movee or a vid about this adventure – be inspired:

The Easter Bunny legend, I’ve heard, started long ago in Germany with an egg-laying hare named “Osterhase”. German children made nests and left them outside for the hare to lay her eggs in. So in America, it was German immigrants who brought their Osterhase tradition to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The festivity soon spread across the nation, and baskets replaced nests. Eventually, the game evolved into a treasure hunt, and the prizes expanded from just hard-boiled eggs to include chocolate, candy, toys and coins. In many families, the Easter Bunny leaves a basket filled with gifts, while in Norway we have large hallow eggs filled with treats instead.

We are soon on our way to my home town to meet my parents and sisters family for this adventurous tradition. When I post this in advance again this year, it is to give you all the chance to have fun the same way. Have you tried? Or would you like too? If so, here are some of my posts from earlier years:

* Traditional Easter Bunny Egg hunt in Norwegian woods
* Spring Equinox and an Easter Egg hunt
* Hunting Easter Bunny Eggs in snow
* Easter Bunny Eggs Hunt in Norwegian Woods

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9 thoughts on “Hunting Easter Bunny Eggs outdoors in Norway”

  1. I have heard a lot about this Easter Bunny egg hunting but i have never ever been a part of it. Wish i could be a part this time. By the way thanks for sharing this post.

  2. I love hearing how the Easter Bunny came to America, Renny. I didn’t know that. :) I didn’t grow up with the non-religious traditions of Easter, which I missed out on. Maybe I now can make up for lost time…especially through posts like this!

  3. I hope 2012 is a good year for your Hunting Easter Bunny Eggs!! Tomorrow, we’ll do ours with the grand daughters of my sister! And we’ll eat the traditional Easter Lamb!

  4. I am so happy to see you visit my blog Renny, hope you are well….my regards and wishes to Diane too :)

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post and the tradition, what a great family bonding time too.

    I might have a trip to Denmark in June and hope to visit Norway too….but still early stage but if I do, I wish to visit you and Tor :D

    1. Iḿ soooo exited – you just have to come to Norway and visit us too! Even only for a day or too – you are of couurse welcome to stay at our house! Letś kepp in touch or details!

  5. I never knew a rabbit laid eggs!!

    There’s a difference between ‘childish’ and ‘childlike’. I think we all have a bit of childlike qualities in us that come out at festive times of year. I hope your Easter holidays are wonderful!

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