Easter Sunday is one of the most hallowed days in Christian tradition -- and to celebrate, millions of children around the world will await the arrival of a mythical bunny to deliver them candy-filled eggs.
Wait. What's that now?
Despite the centuries-old association between this holiday and the big-eared animal that's come to serve as its chief symbol, few ever pause to ponder what connection a rabbit might have with the religious holiday. Perhaps its a human tendency to not ask too many questions about the one providing free chocolate, but let's take a closer look anyway.
In short, bunnies really have nothing to do with the Biblical account of Easter, directly at least.
While Christians have long held Easter Sunday sacred as the day of resurrection, people in 13th-century Germany also had a celebration around the same time of the year in honor of the pagan goddess of Spring and fertility -- Eostra. Naturally, when it came to find a symbol for this mythical figure, rabbits hopped to mind. After all, if rabbits are good at one thing, it's making more rabbits.