The story of the Easter bunny is thought to have been popular in the 19th century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter bunny, lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.
The exact origins of the Easter bunny are clouded in mystery.
The rabbit, as well as the hare, have been associated with moon deities and may signify rebirth or resurrection. As they are a symbol of resurrection they may also be a symbol of Easter. At Easter,as we know, Jesus died on the cross and then was resurrected.
According to some sources, the Easter bunny was first celebrated in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of of an egg-laying hare called ‘Osterhase’ or ‘Ostcher Haws’. Their children made nests in which this creature could lay it’s coloured eggs.