Vintage Happy Easter Images
Easter has been celebrated much in the same way over the decades, but it's always good to take a peek back and see how our ancestors did things — if only just to laugh at them.
From vintage eggs to goofy bunnies, check out some fun Happy Easter images to see all the ways that families honor this spring holiday.
Proud Easter Bonnet Wearers
Originally a European tradition, the first bonnets were crowns of leaves and flowers to usher in spring and show the the cycle of the seasons.
In the Same Basket
Did you know baskets have Easter symbolism? They represent a bird's nest with new life inside.
Plus, they're pretty perfect for gathering eggs during a hunt (or posing in like this model decided to do)!
That First Chocolate Easter Egg
Chocolate Easter eggs were initially a fertility symbol in pagan religions; they later developed to represent Christ's resurrection.
For most kids, however, they're a delicious Easter treat.
The Easter Bunny Frequently Wonders If Santa Has It Easier (He Doesn't)
There's a word for the fear of Easter — "paschaphobia." Fearing Easter stems from fearing Easter bunnies (leporiphobia) and/or holiness (zeusophobia).
Believe it or not, there's even a fear of chocolate (xocolatophobia) and candy (caramelaphobia) overall.
Which one do you think these kids have?
An Icon Celebrates Easter
Here's an Easter image of Martin Luther King Jr. and his family at church in 1956.
Easter Vigil is a Christian liturgy that is the official celebration of Jesus' resurrection.
Busted Sneaking Chocolate on Easter!
We won't say anything — Easter candy is good stuff!
In America alone, people spend $1.5 billion on Easter candy every year. About 70 percent of what they buy is chocolate.
An Easter Playdate
After Mass and Easter brunch, there's only one thing left to do — mess up your Sunday best at playtime!
The Ladies Auxiliary Does Easter in Style
Even if you're dressed down in every other aspect, who can resist a cute bonnet?
Little Brother's First Easter
How many of you remember getting dressed in your Sunday best to celebrate the holiday?
An Easter Wish
When you sit on the Easter Bunny's lap, what is that you wish for?
More candy? More eggs? A Red Ryder BB gun? (Oops, wrong season!)
One Big Bunny
Nearly 100 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made each year.
Don't you wish they were this tall?
Do You Like Your Easter With a Little Horror?
On Halloween, scares are a given, and Christmas sometimes has its share of frights, too.
Easter is usually a bright, happy holiday, but if you've every anticipated visiting a mall bunny, you may have felt this way the night before.
Who Remembers This Smell?
Painting eggs is a holiday tradition. The activity comes from Ukraine, where decorated eggs in springtime were meant to ward off evil.
Only women and young girls decorated them in private. If they were seen during the act, they believed an onlooker would cast a spell on the eggs and their decorator.
Where Have All the Bonnets Gone?
While bonnets were a long-standing tradition in other countries, they didn't become a thing until 1933, when composer Irving Berlin brought the Easter bonnet into pop culture with the song "Easter Parade." Judy Garland sings it to Fred Astaire in the 1948 film of the same name.
You may not see them around that much anymore, but there are still people who wear them, and they've gotten even more ornate.
Mary Had a Little Lamb (Who Was Way Too Cute to Eat)
Lambs are associated with the Easter feast, but this one is so cute, we'll have a salad instead.
Getting Clues from the Bunny
It's a little known Easter secret — if you're having trouble find eggs on the hunt, the Easter Bunny will help you out.
"The Bachelor" of Easter Bunnies
We're not sure how vintage this is — it could be the 1890s or 1990s.
Whatever era it's from, you don't see too many macho bunnies at Easter.
Pink, the Easter Color
At Easter, pink hues are a thing. Of course, like all things Easter, the color is symbolic.
It represents new beginnings, joy and hope. Think of it as the pink you see in the sky at dawn.
A Brimming Basket of Chicks
Another symbol of new beginnings, fertility and spring — the baby chick.
Did you know the most popular candy (outside of chocolate) is marshmallow Peeps?
Love Is All Around at Easter
Recognize this sweet bunny?
That's 1970s TV-icon Mary Tyler Moore getting her Easter on.
Eat Them Before They Eat You
What parts of a chocolate bunny do you eat first?
A whopping 76 percent of people eat the ears first, followed by 5 percent who eat the feet and 4 percent who start with the tail.
Like an Easter Chemistry Set
Getting just the right color — or combination of colors — wasn't always easy when it came to decorating eggs.
Sometimes, you need help from a professional.
Would You Wear These Easter Outfits?
How bright and spring-like are these dresses from Easter in the 1960s?
Dressed Up for the Hunt
The wearing of pretty Easter outfits like these worn here came from a superstition that states if you wear new clothes on Easter, you will have good luck for the rest of the year.
That luck may also depend on how well you do during the hunt!
Hitting the Egg Hunt Jackpot
You know what happens when you win the Easter egg hunt — yummy prizes await!
All Ss Calm in Sanger's Bunnyland
You wouldn't want to mess the Easter Bunny's "on fleek" eyelashes by being scared, would you?
Mickey, Minnie and Friends Get Into the Easter Spirit
The Disney parks still have an Easter parade to this day.
In the days before the holiday, the Mouse House goes all out with egg hunts around the parks, seasonal merch and yummy Easter treats.
Which Came First? The Chicken or the Lady in the Egg?
Did you know the largest Easter egg was over 25-feet high and was over 8,000 pounds?
That means you could definitely fit a Victorian woman inside.
Even the King Got in on the Easter Action
In 1970, Elvis Presley hid Easter eggs around Graceland for daughter Lisa Marie.
Hurry, I Have Easter Baskets to Fill
Even back in the day, Easter Bunnies took their job seriously.
And their trusty chickens led the charge!