Easter Bunny

European legend says that the hare never closed its eyes and watch the other animals throughout the night. It became a symbol of the moon. The hare is connected with Easter because the celebration date depends upon the full moon.
In Egypt, people used to believe that the rabbit was responsible for the new life in spring. Later, early Christians saw it as a symbol for the resurrection of Christ.
According to an old German story, a poor woman hid some brightly colored eggs in her garden as Easter treats for children. While the children were searching, a hare hopped past. The children thought that the hare had left the eggs. So every Easter, German children would make nests of leaves and branches in their gardens for the hare. This custom was brought to the United States when the Germans came. The hare became a rabbit because there were more rabbits in the United States. Today, it is called the Easter bunny.
In England, the goddess of spring Easter, had an earthly symbol which was the rabbit. She was worshiped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol.
The Easter bunny also has to do with its pre-Christian origin. The hare were very fertile animals and gave birth to many offspring in spring. Therefore , the bunny served as a symbol of new life during the Spring season.

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