Are any of you familiar with the figure above? Many of you probably recognize this as a rabbit...yes, it is a rabbit, but it's a little different. It's actually the Easter Rabbit, or most normally called the "Easter Bunny." "Bunny" is an informal way of saying "rabbit," and it usually refers to a small or young rabbit. During Easter time in the United States, many people paint (or dye) eggs. These eggs are then hidden by the Easter Bunny. Look at one family's Easter creations:
As you can see from the photo on the right, eggs are dyed (or painted) using food-coloring mixed with water. By leaving the hard-boiled eggs in the colored water, after a few moments the shells take on the color.
On Sunday (Easter morning), children take their Easter baskets and "hunt," or search, for the eggs. Some of them are the dyed eggs and others are plastic eggs containing sweets inside.
It all makes more sense now, doesn't it? The sweets are the main motivation of the Easter egg hunt! Do you think all these children would be running so fast for hard-boiled eggs??