Hopefully the Easter Bunny will be able to magically hop around travel restrictions to deliver his basket loads of eggs to children around the world on Easter morning. According to veterinary advice, bunnies are not susceptible to COVID-19.
This mysterious rabbit is credited with bringing Easter eggs to children in many western cultures, however the exact origins of the Easter bunny are unclear.
Hares were often included traditional fertility festivals which occurred across Europe to celebrate spring. They can also be seen in many medieval artworks and religious illuminated texts. Rabbits are particularly prolific breeders, so are a great symbol of fertility and rebirth. It’s therefore not surprising that they were a central theme in many spring festivals.
Hares delivering colored eggs were originally part of German folklore, dating back to the 17th century, when a German essayist mentioned the concept of hares bringing Easter eggs.
German immigrants brought their traditional Easter Hare with them. This eventually evolved into the modern day “Easter Bunny” which served as a popular marketing tool for commercial chocolate Easter eggs during the 19th century.