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10 Feb 2011

EASTER TREATS

The Bunny & the Bun

Hot cross buns, eggs and the Easter bunny are as synonymous with Easter as Santa Claus is with Christmas, as we all know. Whether you are all grown up or still a child does not really matter, as the pleasure of indulging in the fun to be had with these three Easter icons are irresistable. Amazingly, all three had withstood the test of time - even attempts to ban some of them.

Hot X Buns

...One a penny, two a penny ...

Let's have a look at the hot x bun first. Many superstitions have surrounded the bun over the years. English folklore for instance said that buns baked and enjoyed on Good Friday will not turn mouldy during the rest of the year. The following is an old rhyme confirming this belief: Good Friday comes this month; the old woman runs,

With one a penny, two a penny, hot x buns.

Whose virtue is, if you'll believe what's said,

They'll not grow mouldy like the common bread.

Buns and bunnies also get their wires crossed, even if it is only in a joke: What do you call rabbits that marched in a long, sweltering Easter parade? Hot, cross bunnies!

At one time Protestant English monarchs apparently tried to ban the sale of hot x buns; they viewed them as a Catholic influence, since they were made from the same dough used for the communion wafer! Their popularity saved them though, and eventually Elizabeth I passed a law allowing bakeries to sell them, albeit only at Xmas and Easter.

As recently as 2003, the hot x bun became a political hot potato, or rather 'hot bun' again. In England (again!) The City of York Council decided that the rather benign bun may offend learners of non-Christian faiths, and decided not to serve it at school lunch any longer. When questioned by the media, they denied that the decision was an attempt at political correctness.

And so it appears as if the much loved hot x bun had to survive many an onslaught over the years to stay around and spice up our lives. I for one will definitely appreciate every mouthful even more in future. You never know when the poor bun's survival may be under serious threat again!

THE BUNNY & THE EGG

Hare-raising tails of egg-laying rabbits

It seems that the pagan festival of 'Eostre' was the forerunner of the Christian festival, and refers to the goddess of the same name, who was celebrated at the Spring Equinox, during the fourth month.

The Easter bunny is mentioned as early as the 1600's, although its origin is disputed. It is associated with pre-Christian folklore, and symbolises new life. As an Easter symbol, it appears to have originated in the south western parts of Germany, as well as in Alsace in France, which borders on Germany and Switzerland.

The symbol was taken to America in 1700 by German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania. The idea of an egg-laying rabbit arrived in the States with these immigrants, and eventually spread around the globe. Their children would build nests in isolated parts of their homes, using caps or bonnets. The 'Osterhase' would then come and lay eggs in these nests, provided that the children had been good. The modern version of this tradition is of course baskets as nests, and hiding eggs has replaced the old custom of hidden nests in quiet corners of homes.

Other legends confused hares' nests known as forms with plovers' nests, which are both constructed on the ground, and very similar-looking. In spring, eggs could be found in nests resembling hare forms, leading to the belief that hares lay eggs in springtime.

CHAG SAMEACH PESACH

Wishing all our Jewish clients a Happy Passover

PS: We will not hide your Easter treats, but we are prepared todeliver it . . . just for you!

Happy Easter & Be Safe!