Updated: May 10
The origins of the Christian holiday of Easter can be traced back to pagan traditions that predate Christianity. For clarity, a Pagan is simply one who worships many gods or goddesses, earth or nature. Many ancient cultures celebrated the spring equinox, which occurs around March 21st, as a time of renewal and rebirth. This was a time when the days began to grow longer and the weather became warmer, signaling the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
In many pagan traditions, the spring equinox was associated with the goddess Eostre (also spelled Ostara), who was the Germanic goddess of spring and fertility. The name "Easter" is believed to have been derived from Eostre, as early Christians in Europe adopted many pagan customs and traditions when they were converting people to Christianity.
One of the most enduring symbols of Easter is the egg, which, in many cultures, symbolizes rebirth and new life. The egg was also associated with Eostre, who was said to have transformed a bird into a hare, which then laid brightly colored eggs as a sign of its gratitude.
Another pagan tradition that was absorbed into Easter is the use of the Easter bunny. The hare was a symbol of fertility in many ancient cultures, and this association was carried over to the Easter bunny, which is believed to have originated in Germany in the 16th century.
Easter celebrated the spring equinox for the pagans. Easter is determined to be the first Sunday after the first Full Moon following the Spring Equinox.
Pagans lived and celebrated nature and significant natural occurrences such as the Spring and Fall equinoxes, and the Summer and Winter solstices.
While Easter has its roots in pagan traditions, it has evolved over time to become one of the most important holidays in the Christian calendar, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Regardless of what you believe or celebrate, remember what's really important in life. Following the 20 Virtues of the Temple Code assures you of living a righteous life and making the world a better place for you and others. God is life so recognize and appreciate nature. Plant a seed, nurture life make someone's life better.
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