"Osterhase - the Easter Bunny" Germany Local Custom Tip by Kathrin_E

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According to legends the Osterhase is the one who delivers the Easter eggs. He comes at night or in the earliest morning, sneaks into houses and gardens and hides eggs, sweets or little gifts. Kids watch out to see him but they will never be successful. Spotting a quick movement from the corner of an eye is all anyone will ever see of him...

The original German Osterhase is a hare, not a bunny (rabbit), a different species. Illustrations in old and nostalgic children's books show him as a big lean hare, a fast runner, strong enough to carry a big basket full of eggs. In other countries, and recently also here, he has been turned into a cuddly fluffy bunny.

Chocolate hare/bunny figures come in all sizes and are popular gifts. Shop windows are full of them. Some stores even claim the Osterhase shops at their place...

There is an easy and obvious answer to the old question if the hen or the egg had been there first: the egg, of course, it was delivered by the Osterhase!

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  • Updated May 5, 2009
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