Bunnies & eggs are symbols of fertility, new beginnings, and of the Spring season being a "fresh start." I'm assuming they're connected to Jesus' resurrection because that was also symbolic of a new beginning. =:-) (I don't have any facts to support this, it's just what makes sense to me!)
The spring solstice was a pagan celebration for fertility. It was symbolized with the egg, for obvious reasons and the rabbit because of there huge reproduction ability. It had nothing to do with Christ, as the original Christmas (Holly days) didn't either. The only connection was the time period with both events happening in early spring.
They're not really connected, just like Santa isn't connected to Christ. Easter has become a merged holiday of various faiths and practices. Eggs and bunnies are fertility symbols, associated with Spring. They were likely a part of a separate celebration that eventually merged into the Christian Easter Sunday.
When Jesus emerged from his tomb he came bounding forth on the back of a giant chocolate rabbit. Also in his possession was a never ending basket of multicolored eggs, with which he pelted all nonbelievers mercilessly until his chocolate bunny melted in the hot spring sun. He then jetpacked away into the heavens. However, Jesus accidentally left behind his divine basket of eggs and who of all people should find it hopping down the bunny trail? Peter cottontail.
Saint Peter, was actually a bunny rabbit. And when you look at the portrait of "The Last Supper", the basket of potatoes is actually a basket of eggs. To find out more about this, look up "The Hare Club for Men", because chicks wouldn't understand
I think it signifies in honor of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection, but still I have no idea why bunnies and eggs are celebrated on Easter day. And I don't recall on the Bible explaining those features in it's verses of why exactly people dress up in outfits of a bunny carrying a basket full of brightly colorful eggs while hopping around....
Like with Christmas the secular and Christian holidays have very little to do with each other. Its just that some Christians choose to celebrate both ways because its fun. No church i know of includes bunnies in their service and our church quit hosting egg hunts a long while back. I think we still do it for the preschool and kindergarten sunday school but thats it. No public egg hunts. Most churches leave the secular celebration completely out of Easter services because they dont have any connection to Christ.
It was stolen from pre Christian religions, like most of their holidays, to help convert nonchristians. The logic was, well maybe if we include some of their traditions, it will be easier for them to convert.
The celebration of Easter is not based on the Bible. If you look into its history, though, you will see the true meaning of Easter—it is a tradition based on ancient fertility rites.
Name: the Anglo-Saxon priest Venerable Bede in the 8th century derived it from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess Eostre.” Others link it to Astarte, the Phoenician fertility goddess.
Rabbits: These are symbols of fertility. Eggs: Some cultures believed that the decorated Easter egg “could magically bring happiness, prosperity, health, and protection.”
New Easter outfit: “It was considered discourteous and therefore bad luck to greet the Scandinavian goddess of Spring, or Eastre, in anything but fresh garb.
Sunrise services: These have been linked to rites of ancient sun worshippers “performed at the vernal equinox welcoming the sun and its great power to bring new life to all growing things.”
The Bible warns against worshipping God by following traditions or customs that displease him. (Mark 7:6-8) Second Corinthians 6:17 states: “‘Separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing.’”