Ostara celebrates the spring equinox. Ostara comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre and represents spring and new beginnings. The celebration of spring is present in many ancient customs across all cultures.
Like many other spring celebrations in other cultures, Ostara symbolizes fertility, rebirth, and renewal. In addition, this time of year marks the beginning of the agricultural cycle when farmers start planting seeds.
Many of the symbols of Ostara have roots in other traditions, and the use of rabbits and hares is one such example. During medieval times in Europe, the March hare was seen as a fertility symbol and a sign of spring. This species of rabbit is nocturnal most of the year, but March is mating season for the animal.