Easter Bunnies, chocolate eggs all nestled in an Easter Basket is a rite of passage to welcome spring. An Easter basket isn’t simple an ensemble of chocolates and treats – it brings the memory and meaning of Easter to all of us.
But where did tradition come from?
Since early history, prized goods gathered in baskets have been a part of spring time celebrations. The season of spring has always been seen as a time of new life and renewal. And in the spring, it was customary to take baskets of early seedlings to the fertility goddess Eostre (or Oestre) to increase the chance of a good harvest. In mythology, the fertility goddess Eostre (or Oestre) carried a basket of eggs. Carried forward, the tradition of Easter baskets symbolize new life, rebirth and renewal.
Our current Easter Basket ritual has its origins in the German folklore of the Easter Hare. According to a German legend, a white hare would leave Easter baskets filled with candies, brightly colored eggs and other goodies for kids to come and gorge on them on Easter morning.
German settlers popularized the tradition of the Easter hare when they settled in America. And as the days passed, the Easter hare became the Easter bunny delighting the kids with baskets of eggs, chocolates, candy, jelly beans and other goodies on Easter morning.
We at Fowler’s love being part of your holiday traditions and memories, and hope you’ll consider some of our handcrafted chocolates and Easter treats as part of your Easter celebration.