Why are Easter egg hunts a thing?
Like the bunny, there are conflicting stories of how the mighty egg became central to Easter traditions. Though the egg has long had a place of symbolic importance for religions, as this exhaustive piece at Forbes notes, Christians adopted the egg as a rather obvious symbol of rebirth and the resurrection of Jesus.
The tradition of painting eggs may date back as far as the 13th century according to some sources. One explanation put forward by History.com is that eggs were once a forbidden food during Lent, so they would be decorated during the time of fasting, then eaten on Easter.
However, its origin in pagan celebrations has murky support. "A Ukranian folk tale about the origins of pysanky, painted eggs, was rewritten to star Eostre and her bunny," Bott writes. Pysansky are decorative Easter eggs crafted using wax-resist dyeing.