Many people keep rabbits as pets. And during the Easter season, these pets are especially celebrated. But….. what does a rabbit have to do with Easter?
“One theory of the Easter Bunny’s 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. As Christianity spread throughout Europe, the celebrations around the vernal equinox may have merged with the observance of Christ’s resurrection, since they both occurred around the same time. Missionaries were said to blend pagan traditions with Christian holidays to make the transition smoother, so it is possible that the celebrations of Eostre and the resurrection of Christ became one.
The earliest evidence of a more modern Easter Bunny dates back to the 1600s, when it’s first mentioned in German writings, reports Mental Floss. This rabbit, called “Oschter Haws” or Easter hare, was believed to lay a nest of colorful eggs for children who were good.”
Author Credit: Erin Cavoto, editor for PioneerWoman.com