The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th Century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.
How did the Easter bunny become part of Easter?
One theory of the Easter Bunnys origins is that it stemmed from early pagan celebrations around the vernal equinox, says Time. Pagans celebrated the springtime renewal of life as well as the goddess of dawn and fertility, Eostre, who was often represented by the hare or an egg.
Why is it an Easter bunny when bunnies dont lay eggs?
According to Discovery News, since ancient times, eggs and rabbits have been a symbol of fertility, while spring has been a symbol of rebirth. So even though rabbits dont lay eggs, the association of these symbols was almost natural. The Easter bunny and Easter eggs originated as pagan symbols of spring and rebirth.
Why is it the Easter bunny and not a chicken?
Why is there an Easter bunny and not an Easter Chicken? So the rabbit in Easter is supposed to represent life. It actually has nothing to do with the biblical Easter (obviously). It dates back to 13th Century Germany where they worshiped gods and goddesses including the goddess Eostra, who was the goddess of fertility.