Easter Sunday is one of the most significant days in the Christian calendar, marking the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
The holiday has its roots in Judaism and beyond, to the celebrations of spring in the ancient pagan religions that Christianity displaced. The first known evidence for Christian Easter dates from the second century. Oddly, the Easter bunny may be even older.
In the ancient pagan north, spring was celebrated with the festival of Eostre, a goddess whose symbol was a hare or rabbit.
In medieval times, it was also believed that hares and rabbits reproduced without sex, which linked them to the Virgin Mary. The rabbit or hare is a popular decorative motif on European medieval churches.
The original role of the more modern Easter bunny, thought to originate in 17th-century Germany, was to judge children, rather like today's Father Christmas. Good children received gifts, some of which took the form of chocolate treats.
Judging by the evidence below, since the invention of photography, the Easter bunny itself has been very bad indeed.
We proudly present the worst Easter bunnies the world has ever seen.