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Actually, folklore used Actually, folklore used believe that rabbits gave virgin birth. So bunnies became the symbol for Virgin Mary. It was probably easier to get people to celebrate a religious holiday on a day that they were used to taking off from work and relaxing/partying. Church leaders used old religious symbols, like trees, to stand for Christian ideas.

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