What does a rabbit who hides eggs and candy have to do with the Christian holiday of Easter?
Long ago, even before Christianity, the people in northern Europe celebrated a springtime holiday when they honored the goddess of spring. They called this goddess "Eastre." It was believed that Eastre’s symbol on earth was a rabbit.
Later, when the people became Christian, their springtime celebration was combined with the religious one and given the English name of Easter.
There are many myths about the goddess Eastre and her rabbits. One story says that Eastre magically turned a bird into a rabbit. The rabbit began to lay colored eggs and Eastre gave away the eggs to children. Later, children believed that the Easter Bunny would leave them colored eggs if they were good, and they left out their Easter bonnets and caps for the gifts.
The idea of the Easter bunny was brought to America by German settlers who arrived during the 1700s. Germans were also the ones who made the first candy Easter bunnies. They were made of pastry and sugar. It wasn't until later in the 1800s that chocolate was used.