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EASTER  RABBIT  AND  EASTER  EGGS

 

            The Easter rabbit with its basket of colored eggs is a familiar holiday symbol.

According to a legend, the tale of the rabbit that passes our colored eggs, began with a poor woman who had no money at Easter to buy sweets for her children. So instead, she dyed some eggs, hid them in a nest, and told her children to search for the eggs. While they were looking, the children spotted a huge rabbit in the bushes. Then they told their friends that the rabbit had brought them the eggs in the nest. The story grew more detailed as it spread from person to person.

        The Easter rabbit is part of many European holiday traditions. In some countries, it appears to have red or green fur. In others it has the power to speak on Easter Day. In Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium, children place small nests in their gardens, hoping that the rabbit will come on Easter eve to fill the nests with eggs.

         German immigrants to the United States brought their beliefs in the Easter rabbit with them. They built fires on Easter eve and told their children that the Easter rabbit was burning wild flowers to make dyes for his eggs. In Texas, some people of German ancestry still build fires on Easter eve. Then they tell their children the story that has been passed down through the generations.

         Although the rabbit is the most popular bearer of colored eggs on Easter, it’s not the only animal given that honor. Swiss children believe that the cuckoo brings the eggs, while Czech children look for a lark to bring their Easter eggs. In some parts of Germany children await an Easter stork or rooster that lays red eggs. Other German children think that an Easter fox delivers their eggs!

         The egg, like the rabbit, was a symbol long before the Christian era. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, and Romans used to dye eggs and then eat them at spring festivals celebrating new life. Today, the egg is an important part of  Easter all over the world.

 

 

Ex.1. Using the text, translate from Russian into English:

 

Замечать; обрастать деталями;  происхождение; передаваться из поколения в поколение; кукушка; жаворонок; аист; петух; откладывать яйца; доставлять; древний; во всём мире.

 

Ex.2. Match the right and the left columns to make a summary of the text above.

 

1. Easter rabbit is...

a)...a poor woman.

2. The tale of the rabbit that brings us colored eggs began with...

b)...the rabbit had brought them the eggs in the nest.

3. She had no...

c)...a familiar holiday symbol.

4. She dyed some...

d)...money to buy some sweets for her children.

5. When children started...

e)...spread from person to person.

6. The children told their friends that...

f)...nests in their gardens, hoping that the rabbit will bring them some eggs.

7. The story grew more detailed as it...

g)...looking for the eggs they spotted a huge rabbit in the bush.

8. On Easter Day children place small...

h)...eggs and hid them in a nest.

 

 

 

THE EASTER RABBIT AND EASTER EGGS

 

Match the top of the eggs with the bottom halves to complete some facts about the Easter eggs. Finally you will get some new information about Easter.

 

 

 

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