The Easter Bunny originates among German Lutherans, for whom he played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide.
So why an Easter Bunny?
In 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshipped several gods and goddesses, the Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honour on the Vernal Equinox.
Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.
Rabbits and hares are both prolific breeders. Female hares can conceive a second litter of offspring while still pregnant with the first. This phenomenon is known as superfetation.
Lagomorphs mature sexually at an early age and can give birth to several litters a year. It is therefore not surprising that rabbits and hares should become fertility symbols, or that their springtime mating antics should enter into Easter folklore.