Easter Bilby

Easter bilby apa ya? Nah waktu mama kuliah di Australia, mama pernah dikasih coklat bentuknya kelinci aneh  mama bingung kan? Apa ini ya? Terus teman mama namanya Sophia jelasin kalo itu Easter Bilby. Nah mama tambah bingung bilby itu apa ya? Ternyata bilby itu sejenis hewan yang hidup di Australia. Lengkapnya disini ya

Bilbies are native Australian marsupials that are endangered. To raise money and increase awareness of conservation efforts, bilby-shaped chocolates and related merchandise are sold within many stores throughout Australia as an alternative to Easter bunnies.[1]

The first documented use of the Easter Bilby concept was in March 1968 in Rose-Marie Dusting’s story called Billy The Aussie Easter Bilby. Rose-Marie Dusting was a 9 year old child when she first wrote “Billy The Aussie Easter Bilby”‘ in a small Queensland town called Richmond. Her maiden name was Ecenarro. Rose-Marie Dusting does have proof of this, as the nun who taught her has sent it to her. Rose-Marie Dusting did recall writing the story as a child but did not know that the teacher had kept it.

The Foundation for Rabbit-Free Australia[2] began to use the Easter Bilby concept in 1991 to show the damage that feral rabbits do to the Australian environment and the concept has been popularised by the confectioner Darrell Lea,[3] which gives a portion of its profits to the foundation.

Australian children’s book author and illustrator Irena Sibley produced three Easter Bilby books between 1994 and 2000 including the best selling The Bilbies’ First Easter, Silver Gum Press 1994.

In 1993, Australian children’s author Jeni Bright wrote the story of Burra Nimu, the Easter Bilby. It tells how Burra, a shy but brave little bilby, decides to save the land from the rabbits and foxes who are ruining it. Burra and his family and friends gather together for a wonderful time painting Easter eggs to give to the children and ask for their help. But before they can set off on their journey to the children, they must outwit the rabbit army. This beautifully written story can be found at http://www.easterbilby.info. The author is happy for it to be used for any non-profit purpose. Readers are invited to feel to tell the story in their own words, especially to younger children. The story also leaves open the opportunity for readers to make up their own stories about other adventures that Burra and his fellow travellers have on the way to delivering the eggs to the children. As well as the story of the Easter Bilby, the website contains factual information about bilbies and other endangered Australian species.

The following extract from Burra Nimu, the Easter Bilby, describes how Burra’s little son, Binni, and his young niece, Bindee, help with painting the eggs for the children:

“Binni knew that eggs meant the start of new life and new hope, so he made his especially beautiful. He painted rich red eggs, the colour of the hot desert earth, and splashed them with bright sparkles, because the desert is full of life.

Next, he painted soft green eggs and sprinkled them with the colours of the wild flowers he had once seen, soon after the water fell from the sky.

Then Binni painted warm yellow eggs, the colour of the early morning sun before it fades in the heat of the day. These he gave to Bindee, who decorated them with animals and birds.

Finally, Binni painted deep blue eggs, the colour of the early evening sky when he and his family came out of their burrow to feed and play. Bindee decorated these with twinkling stars. Then she carefully painted each with the big, round moon that hangs on the horizon when the night is clear.

When all the eggs were finished the burrow was ablaze with the colours of the land.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Bilby)

Nah lebih imut mana nih? Easter Bunny atau Easter Bilby? Mama sih waktu di Australia jadi beli dua-duanya deh Easter Bunny chocolate dan Easter Bilby chocolate. Tinggal ngabisin coklatnya bingung karena dua-duanya tinggi besar hahaha


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