Why do bunnies deliver chocolate eggs at Easter?

A free event at The University of Nottingham will give members of the public the chance to learn everything they ever wanted to know about the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church.

When you consider Easter traditions there are many un-answered question — should the date be fixed? Was it originally a Pagan festival? Why do rabbits deliver chocolate eggs on the anniversary of Jesus‘s resurrection’

If you are interested in the answers to these questions and more — then you should visit a public debate at The University of Nottingham on Thursday 6 April.

Dr Naomi Sykes, from the Unviersity, and organiser of the event, said:"Every Easter we give and receive presents of chocolate eggs, purportedly delivered by the Easter bunny. But why? It’s amazing to me how people, myself included, take part in traditions that they don’t understand.

"So, we’ve started this project to explore the origins of Easter, its component customs, and animals (rabbits, hares and chickens – none are native to Britain). All aspects of Easter were imported to Britain from abroad and the festival is, therefore, an excellent example of how cultural and biological ‘aliens’ can, and have, made a positive contribution to Britain’s bio-cultural heritage."

Fixing Easter

‘Fixing Easter’ will be held from 6-7pm in the Humanities Building on University Park in Nottingham.

The event is being held as part of a research project called ‘The Easter E.G – Shifting Baselines and Changing Perceptions of Biological and Cultural Aliens’.

The debate will be led by speakers from a range of disciplines and perspectives. Come and find out more about Easter and prepare to have your ideologies rocked!

The speakers include:

  • Adrian Bott (author, and researcher of magic and paganism)
  • Dr Frances Knight (Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham)
  • Professor Martin Henig (Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute of Archaeology, UCL)
  • Professor Thomas O’Loughlin (Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham)
  • Dr Philip Shaw (English Language and Old English, University of Leicester)
  • Dr Julia Best (Zooarchaeology, Bournemouth University)

The event is free to attend and you can register at fixingeaster.eventbrite.co.uk

The debate will be followed by a wine reception. For all enquiries please email naomi.sykes [at] nottingham.ac (p) uk