Did you know that Easter traditions are rooted in paganism and other ancient traditions?
The word “Easter” actually derives from the name Eostre—a pagan goddess celebrated at the beginning of spring with feasts.
The bunny’s association with Easter actually comes from two traditions. First, it was one of the goddess Eostre’s symbols. She represented fertility— and bunnies have a reputation for their unmatched ability to create new life. The second tradition is a German one. In the old country, the Osterhase, or Easter hare, brought eggs to good children. The folklore held up through the 1700s, when many Germans immigrated to the United States, bringing their Easter bunny with them.
Easter is considered a moveable feast because the exact date changes from year to year. It typically falls on the Sunday after the Paschal Moon, which is the first full moon in April. This is also known as a Pink Moon. Pagan holidays are all based on moon cycles as well.
In the celebration of Eostre, Pagans were said to eat eggs as well as bury them in the ground to encourage fertility… Eggs in general have always represented new life and rebirth—and pagans throughout the centuries have used them as symbols for such in rituals and celebrations. Pagans would also hang eggs in temples for springtime ceremonies.
Credit: Jennifer Billock, “14 Easter Traditions That Are More Pagan Than Christian”.
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