Things You May Not Know About Easter
If Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection what’s up with all Pagan roots and symbolism?
Easter was celebrations hundreds of years before Christ was born as festivals of spring honoring Eostre, the great mother goddess of the Saxons. This name was fashioned after the ancient word for spring, Eastre. The goddess Ostara was the Norse equivalent whose symbols were the hare and the egg. From this comes our modern tradition of celebrating Easter with eggs and bunnies.
The Easter sunrise service is derived from the ancient pagan practice of welcoming the sun on the morning of the spring equinox, marking the beginning of spring. Easter lilies, Easter eggs and Easter bunny were revered by the ancients as symbols of fertility. The Christian version of Easter is celebrated after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.