Easter eggs do not come from chickens. So from where did they and the Easter holiday tradition come?

Easter eggs are created by the Easter bunny that’s based on the mythical Osterhase, a 17th-century German egg-laying rabbit. Its historical significance as a fertility symbol links to Easter in the spring, the season of rebirth and new life. These days, Easter egg hunts remain a popular Easter Sunday activity. The Easter bunny visits Scandinavian houses on Easter Sunday and hides chocolate eggs for children to find in gardens or parks. Two years after J.S. Fry & Sons of England came up with the idea of a chocolate egg, Cadbury’s introduced the modern chocolate Easter egg in 1875. Meanwhile, the tradition of decorating eggs is rather old, as evidenced by 60,000-year-old designed ostrich eggs discovered in Africa. Since the 13th century, decorative eggs have been used as an Easter tradition.

Easter eggs might have represented any hidden surprise by the end of the 20th century. But the real thing, whether shaped by delicious chocolate or real eggs, continues to delight every Easter.