Easter Bunny arrives later this month at Eastdale Mall

The arrival of the bunny is just one of the activities surrounding Easter at Eastdale Mall this spring.

Children can visit and take photos with the Easter Bunny from March 25 through April 15 at the mall where the Easter Egg-Spress train also will be running.

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The popular bunny will arrive at 11 a.m. on March 25 when the K Lynn Figure Skaters will perform whimsical vignettes as part of his grand arrival, said Allison Hendley, marketing director for the mall.

Once the fury favorite makes his way to his home at the Tea Pot Garden, the Ice Palace will be open to the public again.

“Following the Easter Bunny‘s magical arrival on ice, the Easter Bunny will make his way to his Tea Pot Garden located at the Eastdale Mall Centre Court, complete with spring flowers and so much more,” Hendley said.

People can find portrait pricing on the Eastdale Mall website, eastdale-mall.com.

An April 8, an Easter egg hunt will be another opportunity for children 10 and under to enjoy activities at the mall.

The hunt starts at 11 a.m. outside in front of Chuck E. Cheese.

“There will be over 1,000 hidden eggs and a golden egg with a special prize inside,” Hendley said.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $5 each, and can be purchased at customer service or upon arrival. Proceeds from the event benefit the Easter Seals of Central Alabama.

Children also will be able to enjoy inflatables and face painting, provided by the Eastdale Mall Teen Team, as well as cookie preparation.

For the first time, children can help employees at the Great American Cookie Co. prepare cookies shaped like Easter bunnies and Easter eggs.

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“We will have colored icing so we recommend parents assisting the children. It’s not messy but we recommend children wear causal clothes,” Hendley said. “We will have the cookie tables out at 11 a.m., and are able to decorate throughout the entire event. People can eat the delicious cookies at the hunt or take them home.”

Easter Bunny hours are Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Easter pictures with live bunnies will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

People can contact customer service to book a field trip to see the Easter Bunny. Chick-fil-A and Subway will offer lunch specials for school field trips.

The mall’s new anchor store, At Home, is now open and is selling Easter décor.

What Does the Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?

There’s no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets overflowing with scrumptious Easter goodies.

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And real rabbits certainly don’t lay eggs.

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Why are these traditions so ingrained in Easter Sunday? And what do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?

Well, to be frank, nothing.

Bunnies, eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from pagan roots. These tropes were incorporated into the celebration of Easter separately from the Christian tradition of honoring the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

According to the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, the origin of the celebration — and the origin of the Easter Bunny — can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.

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Spring also symbolized new life and rebirth; eggs were an ancient symbol of fertility. According to History.com, Easter eggs represent Jesus’ resurrection. However, this association came much later when Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Germany in the 15th century and merged with already ingrained pagan beliefs.

The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s, when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country, according to the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.

The tradition of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs in soon followed. Eventually, nests became decorated baskets and colorful eggs were swapped for candy, treats and other small gifts.

So, while you’re scarfing down chocolate bunnies (I hear chocolate is good for you!) and marshmallow chicks this Easter Sunday, think fondly of this holiday’s origins and maybe even impress your friends at your local Easter egg hunt.

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Pet Pawrade, rabbit rescue education, and Easter bunny visit planned at market in Destrehan

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The German Coast Farmers Market at Ormond Plantation in Destrehan is planning special events, a pet parade, a rabbit adoption, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The St. Patty’s Pet Pawrade will be held March 14 at 10:30 a.m. Participants may costume their pet on a leash or in a carriage/wagon for the parade. Free registration begins at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for best presentation. “BunnAgain,” a rabbit rescue education program, will be held March 14, 21 and 28 from 8 to 10 a.m. On-site education, a petting station and bunny rabbit adoption will be featured. The Easter Bunny will visit March 28 and April 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Parents may bring children and a camera for pictures. PS: Get a lovely Easter Bunny Mascot Costume From Mascotshows.com. images (1)