A funny fact about the Easter bunny is that although its origins are unclear, this symbol of a Christian holiday may have arisen from the pagan festival of Eostre, a goddess of fertility. Since rabbits breed so prolifically, they have traditionally symbolized fertility.Continue Reading
Another funny fact about the Easter bunny is, in the past, people called it “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” These are German terms that mean "egg-laying hare." The legend of the Easter bunny bringing eggs to children appears to have originated in Germany, and immigrants brought the legend to the United States when they settled in Pennsylvania.
Children made nests to provide a place for the Easter bunny to lay eggs. Decorative baskets filled with grass eventually replaced the nests, and the Easter bunny soon began leaving chocolate, other candies and gifts in the baskets, in addition to eggs. Sometimes the bunny hid the eggs and baskets. Before going to bed on the night before Easter, children often left carrots for the Easter bunny to eat during its visit.
Older literature indicates that an Easter fox was originally responsible for laying and delivering eggs, at least in some parts of the country. It is unknown when or why the transition from Easter fox to Easter bunny occurred. In other countries, the bunny is not always the animal associated with Easter. In Switzerland, a cuckoo delivers the Easter eggs and baskets.Learn more about Easter