Why, I wonder, do we say 'white rabbits' on 1st March (or is it any month). According to the above there are strong associations with the hare/rabbit going back to ancient China - which travelled along the Silk Road into northern Europe.
That's a really interesting article - thanks for posting! It mentions the goddess of Spring Eostre turning into a hare - I know another myth about her. She found an injured bird and the only way she could save its life was to change it into a hare. However the transformation was not quite complete and the hare still laid eggs, hence the Easter bunny bringing us Easter eggs!
Thanks Emma. Did you have to mention Easter eggs as I'm on a diet and have chocolate withdrawal symptoms!! :-)