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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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A photographer captured these enchanting photos of a Charcoal of Sophie: a bird that looks like a fairytale!! So, we immediately made her the official Bird of Spellerella’s Haven! 👑✨
There are millions of species in the world that we do not know yet. Every day it even seems that some that were believed extinct reappear. Nature will not stop surprising us.
An example of some species that we do not know, is this little called Carbonito de Sophie, a bird with an amazing multicolored plumage. It can only be seen in some boreal forests in Asia.
Its scientific name is Leptopoecile sophiae and it lives in China, India, Russia and the boreal forests. Its plumage is what is striking about this little one , as it seems that it has a blue coat with violet tones, a pink belly and a white or gray eyebrow.
The males of this species alone that have the most striking colors. This bird weighs between 6 and 8 grams and measures no more than 10 cm.
They usually live in pairs only in the breeding season and after that they can be seen in flocks of up to 25 birds. Their diet is based on insects, spiders, berries and seeds.
This species is not in danger of extinction due to its intelligence when building nests, which are not so easily seen due to their natural camouflage and there are no such large predators for this species.
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