I’ve seen many people tweeting on what eggs and bunnies had to do with Easter. Wellllll as a loyal googler I did my research and here you go!! Happy Easter from Nikki305.com !
In Medieval Europe, eggs were prohibited during Lent and eggs laid during that time were often boiled to preserve them. Eggs were therefore a major component of Easter meals and a prized holiday gift for children and servants.
Throughout the ages, eggs have also been viewed as symbols of new life and fertility and many ancient cultures (including the Egyptians, Persians, and Romans) used eggs during their spring festivals.
Coloring eggs is an established art and they were used in various holiday games; parents would hide eggs for children to find, and children would roll eggs down hills. These practices live on today in Easter egg hunts and egg rolls.
Like eggs, rabbits have long been symbols of fertility and, in fact, were the symbol of Eostre.( an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility) The concept of an “Easter Hare” comes from Germany, where tales were told of a white “Easter hare” who laid eggs for children to find. German immigrants to America brought the tradition with them and spread it to a wider public. They also baked cakes for Easter in the shape of hares and may have originated the practice of making chocolate bunnies and eggs.
As for the Easter basket, in the past it was customary to bring baskets filled with early seedlings to Eostre to increase the chances of having a good harvest. Likewise, this goddess would carry around a basket of eggs. And the good Germans who brought us the Easter Hare believed that the rabbit would bring baskets full of goodies for children on Easter morning.