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The symbol of the Easter Bunny and the tradition of hiding and hunting for brightly colored eggs originated in southwestern Germany in the 1600's.
Like the egg, the rabbit is an ancient symbol of fertility, springtime and new life. These traditions were introduced to America by German settlers in the 1700's.

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The Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter .... Sarah Ben Breathnach in Mrs Sharp's Traditions (1990) provides an origin story for the Easter Bunny: "According to legend, Eostre's favorite ...

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Apr 1, 2015 ... The exact origins of the Easter bunny are clouded in mystery. One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically ...

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Find out more about the history of Easter Symbols and Traditions, including ... How did Easter traditions like the Easter bunny and egg hunts become part of the  ...

mentalfloss.com/article/21411/where-did-easter-bunny-come

BY Matt Soniak. March 21, 2016. Original image ... If you go way back, though, the Easter Bunny starts to make a little sense. Spring is the season of rebirth and  ...

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Is the Easter Bunny a pagan symbol? The Easter Bunny is a symbol of Easter that is popular in western culture, especially with children. According to folklore ...

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Apr 11, 2017 ... Easter is supposed to the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, but when some people hear 'Easter' they think of the Easter bunny and eggs.

www.scientificamerican.com/article/virginity-fertility-or-just-chocolate-the-opaque-history-of-the-easter-bunny

Apr 15, 2017 ... The Opaque History of the Easter Bunny. Folklorists delve into the icon's forebears in religion and symbolism, from England to China. By Katie ...

www.faithwire.com/2017/04/10/the-origins-of-the-easter-bunny-where-did-this-bizarre-tradition-begin

Apr 10, 2017 ... Along with the deeply rooted Biblical and religious meanings surrounding Easter come the annual secular commemorations of the season: ...

www.gotquestions.org/easter-bunny-eggs.html

The same is true of the origin of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs—no one knows for sure how these things became a part of Easter observances. The most we ...