The Easter bunny evolved out of ancient fertility and spring celebrations.
Easter Sunday is upon us once again — which means it's time to break out your colorful eggs, the tastiest ham dishes, and plenty of festive Easter baskets! (And of course, it wouldn't be Easter without a competitive family egg hunt and the cutest chocolate bunnies, too.) But besides knowing the basic facts of this religious Christian holiday, have you ever wondered about the history of Easter and where the holiday's most wonderful traditions come from — like how exactly a giant rabbit and pastel-colored eggs came into the picture?
As it turns out, there's a lot more to this religious holiday than chowing down yummy chocolate and collecting dyed eggs for your basket. Here, we've rounded up the most fascinating Easter facts about the history behind your favorite traditions — including the origins of the Easter Bunny and why eggs are such an important part of the holiday. From a fertility goddess to biblical stories to wearing your Sunday best, read on to find out more about the fascinating history behind the most popular Easter rituals before immersing yourself in your favorite egg-filled traditions this year.