Its a long-standing tradition, but, in fact, the bunny was originally known as the Easter Hare.
Hares are generally bigger animals than rabbits with longer ears and legs, which allow them to reach great speeds when running.
In the Middle Ages, it was thought that hares were hermaphrodites.
In other words, hares were said to be neither fully male or female, but something in between.
What’s more, it was believed that they could give birth without mating.
We now know better, of course.
But it may be for this reason that rabbits and hares became associated with the Virgin Mary.
So the cute creatures became a part of the celebrations held by German Protestants every Easter.
According to history.com, the hare made its way over to America with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania.
Their children would build nests every Easter where the hare could lay its special eggs.
These eggs would be painted in bright colors, and they can be seen as symbols of regrowth and rebirth.
Sometimes the children would also leave out carrots for the fluffy creature to chew on.
In the twentieth century, chocolate and candies became more common gifts, as children acquired sweeter tastes.
Decorated baskets also tended to replace the traditional nests.
But the modern celebration can be traced all the way back to those times when the Easter Bunny was still a gender-bending hare!
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