It’s that time of year again! Time to bust out the pastel décor, break out the food coloring for dying eggs and stretch out the belt for all the peeps you’re about to eat…it’s springtime! Which means Easter is right around the corner and no matter how you celebrate, there’s one iconic symbol of Easter that has captured the imaginations of millions of children. The ever-elusive and forever-fuzzy Easter Bunny! But have you ever wondered how the Easter Bunny came to be? Where the Easter Bunny originated? How can he possible deliver all those colorful Easter baskets? Lucky for you we have some fun Easter Bunny facts that answer those questions and more!
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- The earliest mentions of the Easter bunny appear in German writings in the 16th century, and it was the Germans who most likely imported the tale to the US in the 1700s.
- The Easter Bunny isn’t really a bunny at all. Originally, he was an Easter Hare and the Easter Hare started out as a judge, deciding whether children were naughty or nice. If they were good, the hare would lay eggs for them.
- In Australia, rather than celebrating Easter with bunny, they celebrate Easter with what’s called the Easter Bilby. Bilbies are an Australian marsupial with long ears similar to a rabbit
- It is believed that the night before Easter, the Easter Bunny comes out of his burrow and uses magic to grow into a big rabbit to deliver the eggs and baskets.
- The Easter Bunny has an alias. The Easter Bunny is also known as “Peter Cottontail” thanks to the now famous 1950s song written by Gene Autry.
- The Easter Bunny became the symbol of Easter because, in mythology, the bunny is a symbol of fertility and Spring renewal.
So whether you believe in things like the Easter Bunny or not, now you have some more background on how this fluffy dude came to be and why it’s such an iconic holiday figure! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest to stay up-to-date on all of our infographics, cosplay tutorials and more!