Easter is my favourite holiday, celebrating rebirth and redemption and spring and green things as it does. The image to the left is a Syrian or Egyptian pottery fragment of c. 1200, depicting the Three Hares; I found it here.
The symbol originated in China as Three Rabbits and its meaning is unclear; the rabbits may be associated with peace and tranquillity (see the Three Rabbits site for more information about them in China, Tibet and India and Guan Youhui's research). The rabbits journeyed westwards along the Silk Road and other trade routes, becoming hares as they went. There are many representations of them, principally as medieval bosses in churches, documented by Chris Chapman as part of the Three Hares Project.
These Iranian or Syrian hares look triumphant – belligerent, even – and male, striding among the pomegranates – a hint of Persephone? – and causing sap to rise and birds to sing. Happy Easter!