Why is the Easter Bunny bringing chocolate eggs and where did the idea come from?

THE Easter Bunny is now closely associated with the religious holiday, which is part of the hunt for eggs and chocolate treats.

But why is the holiday associated with an egg-carrying rabbit? And where did the idea for the Easter bunny come from?

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The Easter Bunny has a fairly long history, closely linked to religious historyCredit: Alamy

Where did the idea for the Easter bunny come from?

In Christian art, the symbol of the rabbit is regularly associated with rebirth and resurrectionm, The Conversation paid off.

So the Easter Bunny is believed to represent reproductive prowess.

The symbol of a circle of three hares connected by their ears has been found in a number of churches in the United Kingdom, particularly in Devon.

Although the exact historical significance is not known, a research group, The Three Hares Project, has been set up to research and document occurrences of the ancient symbol.

These chocolate Easter bunnies are perfect for hunting ... and snacking

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These chocolate Easter bunnies are perfect for hunting … and snackingCredit: Getty – Contributor

Where does the chocolate Easter bunny come from?

For most of us, eating chocolate at Easter is a normal occurrence.

Yet behind this tradition lies a long history.

The tradition of eating chocolate at Easter is linked to Lent.

During the six weeks leading up to Easter, called Lent, Christians refrained from consuming animal products.

The chocolate molding in the shape of a rabbit, is simply a mixture of the symbol of the hare, combined with the tradition of sweets after Lent.

Rabbits and hares have been associated with Mary, mother of Jesus, for centuries

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Rabbits and hares have been associated with Mary, mother of Jesus, for centuriesCredit: Getty – Contributor

What does the Easter Bunny have to do with Jesus?

The bunny – and this is relative, the Easter bunny, is believed to represent the force of reproduction.

Rabbits and hares have been associated with Mary, mother of Jesus, for centuries, The conversation reported.

The association with virgin birth comes from the fact that hares are able to produce a second litter of offspring while they are still pregnant with the first.

The chocolate eggs typically worn by the Easter Bunny were adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The resurrection of Jesus is symbolized by the hard shell of the egg, which represents the tomb in which Jesus was buried.

And the emergence of the chick that pierces the shell represents Jesus, who conquered death.

The tradition of eating eggs also has a practical function.

Christians refrained from eating animal products during Lent.

However, the hens continued to lay.

Therefore, people boiled hard-boiled eggs, decorated them and saved them for Easter.

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