Easter is a holiday that celebrates the coming of spring and the birth of new life. Hence, many images of Easter are synonymous with images of springtime such as flowers, gentle colors and baby animals. Although decorated eggs, Easter baskets (usually filled with candy), and the Easter Bunny are the most iconic Easter imagery, baby animals are also ever-present symbols in the holiday’s décor.
Clearly, rabbits are the most frequently illustrated creatures in Easter merchandise, but other animals—especially lambs and chicks—are also commonly seen. The association between springtime and the birth of baby animals goes back eons, notably because many animals (including sheep and chickens) have a specific season—spring—for breeding and birthing (or hatching) their young. This is a survival mechanism because spring is generally a time a year when the weather is warming up. This gives the baby animals enough time to grow and gain weight over the remainder of spring, summer and fall before gearing up to prepare themselves for a cold winter when food might be scarce.
Below is a list of five animals that are most associated with Easter and also why the holiday is considered to be one of the cutest on the calendar!