Here Comes Peter Cottontail: Easter Traditions in Germany

Easter is just around the corner! Have you ever considered where our Easter traditions come from? Not to go too far down a rabbit hole, but the Easter Bunny seems to have come to America by way of the Pennsylvania Dutch in the late 1600’s or early 1700’s. Back then, the Easter Hare brought good children brightly coloured eggs, while bad children received a handful of “bunny pellets.” That’s a side of the tradition that few of us will miss!
Here’s a look back at German Easter Markets. I doubt they will take place this year, with the pandemic heating up once again in Gemany, but maybe we’ll be able to meet for a market next year!

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Dieser ist die Ostermarkt Sankt Wendel/This is the Easter Market in St. Wendel

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Easter markets are popping up all over Germany, and we visited the market at Sankt Wendel this weekend.  It was busy with market stalls full of painted Easter eggs, wooden Easter crafts, flowers, and jewelry.  There were craft stations for children and food and drink for everyone.  It was a nice day out, especially with the sun shining brighter than it has in many weeks.  Our favorite sights at the market were the Easter Bunny displays and the fantastic Dom (Church) in Sankt Wendel.

DSC_0867The church was the center point of the market festivities, with stalls huddled around her walls.  The photo at left doesn’t do the exterior of the church justice–in the busy, small streets around the church it was hard to get a photo that shows the fantastic double-onion dome (with a third tier “cap”…

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6 thoughts on “Here Comes Peter Cottontail: Easter Traditions in Germany

    1. We certainly had a few lovely ones in the Rhineland/Pfalz, but not nearly as common as the Christmas markets. Thanks for reading, Peter. I hope you and your family are enjoying good health!

  1. Markets of all kinds are sadly in short supply at the moment. But the UK has embraced the Easter Bunny tradition wholeheartedly for quite a few years now. Sadly, thanks to Coronavirus, yet again we won’t be able to share in the fun this year. Maybe next year ….? I remember this post from first time round. Give us more!

    1. I also remember that the UK toyed with embracing the US Halloween trick-or-treating culture when we lived there. We never had trick-or-treaters show up to our door, but we would see a few costumes and seasonal candy offerings in the stores ten years ago.
      Thanks for always encouraging my posts! I really do want to write more, but it’s been a tough year for finding time, head space, and travel inspiration. I think there are better blogging days ahead!

  2. I also remember that the UK toyed with embracing the US Halloween trick-or-treating culture when we lived there. We never had trick-or-treaters show up to our door, but we would see a few costumes and seasonal candy offerings in the stores ten years ago.
    Thanks for always encouraging my posts! I really do want to write more, but it’s been a tough year for finding time, head space, and travel inspiration. I think there are better blogging days ahead!

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