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Do You Know the History Behind the Easter Holiday and It's Traditions?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    "The term ‘Easter' is not of Christian origin. It is another form of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the queen of heaven. The festival of Pasch [Passover] held by Christians in post-apostolic times was a continuation of the Jewish feast . . . From this Pasch the pagan festival of ‘Easter' was quite distinct and was introduced into the apostate Western religion, as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity".

    That's a lot of information packed into one paragraph. Notice what the author, W.E. Vine—a trained classical scholar, theologian, expert in ancient languages and author of several classic Bible helps—tells us:

    Easter isn't a Christian or directly biblical term, but comes from a form of the name Astarte, a Chaldean (Babylonian) goddess known as "the queen of heaven." (She is mentioned by that title in the Bible in Jeremiah 7:18 and 44:17-19, 25 and referred to in 1 Kings 11:5, 33 and 2 Kings 23:13 by the Hebrew form of her name, Ashtoreth. So "Easter" is found in the Bible—as part of the pagan religion God condemns!)

    Further, early Christians, even after the times of the apostles, continued to observe a variation of the biblical Passover feast (it differed because Jesus introduced new symbolism, as the Bible notes in Matthew 26:26-28 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-28).

    Moreover, Easter was very different from the Old Testament Passover or the Passover of the New Testament as understood and practiced by the early Church based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles.

    And again, Easter was a pagan festival, originating in the worship of other gods, and was introduced much later into an apostate Christianity in a deliberate attempt to make such festivals acceptable.

    Easter symbols predate Christ

    How does The Catholic Encyclopedia define Easter? "Easter: The English term, according to the [eighth-century monk] Bede, relates to Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring, which deity, however, is otherwise unknown. Eostre is the ancient European name for the same goddess worshipped by the Babylonians as Astarte or Ishtar, goddess of fertility, whose major

    celebration was in the spring of the year.

    The subtopic "Easter Eggs" tells us that "the custom [of Easter eggs] may have its origin in paganism, for a great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter".

    The subtopic "Easter Rabbit" states that "the rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility".

    Author Greg Dues, in his book Catholic Customs and Traditions, elaborates on the symbolism of eggs in ancient pre-Christian cultures: "The egg has become a popular Easter symbol. Creation myths of many ancient peoples center in a cosmogenic egg from which the universe is born.

    "In ancient Egypt and Persia friends exchanged decorated eggs at the spring equinox, the beginning of their New Year. These eggs were a symbol of fertility for them because the coming forth of a live creature from an egg was so surprising to people of ancient times. Christians of the Near East adopted this tradition, and the Easter egg became a religious symbol. It represented the tomb from which Jesus came forth to new life".

    The same author also explains that, like eggs, rabbits became associated with Easter because they were powerful symbols of fertility: "Little children are usually told that the Easter eggs are brought by the Easter Bunny. Rabbits are part of pre-Christian fertility symbolism because of their reputation to reproduce rapidly".

    What these sources tell us is that human beings replaced the symbolism of the biblical Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread with Easter eggs and Easter rabbits, pagan symbols of fertility. These symbols demean the truth of Christ's death and resurrection.

    Semiramis, the queen of heaven, was “born again” as the goddess Easter (Ashtarte) as she emerged from a giant egg that landed in the Euphrates river at sunrise on the “sun” day after the vernal equinox. To proclaim her divine authority, she changed a bird into an egg laying rabbit. As the cult developed, the priests of Easter would impregnate young virgins on the altar of the goddess of fertility at sunrise on Easter Sunday. A year later the priests of Easter would sacrifice those three-month-old babies on the altar at the front of the Sanctuary and dye Easter eggs in the blood of the sacrificed infants.

    Rabbits and Eggs really have nothing to do with the Passover season and the ressurrection - it's all pagan rituals that sadly got mixed in with the truth long ago. Now you have a world that is completely anti-christian because holidays like Easter make no sense. It all seems harmless enough to us today - but for the unbeliever, it just adds fuel to the fire. These detestable rituals should have never been adopted into Christianity. Sorry to burst any bubbles, but this is all stuff you can research for yourself if you want to.

    And yes, I am a Messianic Christian. I believe in Passover and the death and resurrection of Yeshua - but neither one have anything to do with bunnies,eggs and sunrise services facing east. That's all pagan.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The name Easter comes from a pagan figure called Eastre (or Eostre) who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe. A festival called Eastre was held during the spring equinox by these people to honor her. The goddess Eastre’s earthly symbol was the rabbit, which was also known as a symbol of fertility. Originally, there were some very pagan (and sometimes utterly evil) practices that went along with the celebration. In our day, Easter is almost a completely commercialized holiday, with all the focus on Easter eggs and the Easter bunny being remnants of the goddess worship.

    In the Christian faith, Easter has come to mean the celebration of the resurrection of Christ three days after His crucifixion. It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year because of the significance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the events upon which Christianity is based. Easter Sunday is preceded by the season of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and repentance culminating in Holy Week and followed by a 50-day Easter season that stretches from Easter to Pentecost.

    Because of the commercialization and pagan origins of Easter, many churches prefer to refer to it as Resurrection Sunday. The rationale is the more we focus on Christ and the less we focus on the pagan holiday, the better. As previously mentioned, the resurrection of Christ is the central theme of Christianity. Paul says that without this, our faith is futile (1 Corinthians 15:17). What more wonderful reason could we have to celebrate! What is important is the true reason behind our celebration, which is that Christ was resurrected from the dead, making it possible for us to have eternal life (Romans 6:4)!

    Should we celebrate "Easter" or allow our children to go on Easter eggs hunts? This is a question both parents and church leaders struggle with. There is nothing essentially evil about painting and hiding eggs and having children search for them. What is important is our focus. If our focus is on Christ and not the eggs, our children will understand that the eggs are just a game. Children can participate in an Easter egg hunt as long as the true meaning of the day is explained and emphasized, but ultimately this must be left up to the discretion of parents.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, the actual Christian celebration is "Resurrection Sunday" we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. "Easter" however is actually a pagan celebration, hence the easter bunny and the eggs (both idols of fertility) which traditions were brought here by immigrants. America being the melting pot it is, the rituals of others have become a means of making money in this great capitalistic society. So now the rituals have become habit and a means of having fun, nothing more, nothing less, unless you make it. :)

    Source(s): Eastern Religions Course, Purdue University
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    On Easter, us Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's about God's LOVE for us.

    The so-called "traditions" of easter bunnies, candy, egg hunts are just BS-ways for stores to sell some stuff and make some more money (cuz people just loooove to spend on food and toys for kids:). Commercial thing. No heart.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Most of our Holidays have been handed down to us from ancient pagan practices and traditions.

    Think about it. We decorate a Pine Tree with lights and presents, and this has what to do with Jesus Christ?

    Easter Bunnies and Colored Eggs. Somebody tell me what this has to do with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ?

    Halloween, I won't even go there.

    I've given up on this debate with my better half.

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  • 3 years ago

    Easter is the christiansed version of Ostara/Eostre the pagan competition of fertility named after the fertility goddess whos sacred symbols are the egg , and the hare- (consequently additionally the easter bunny) the two symbols of fertilit y and the moon ( goddess is linked with the moon) Easter strengthen into created as an attempt to transform pagans to christianity. I recieved some on Ostara and one from my mum this month as she celebrates Easter.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A HISTORY OF EASTER and the EASTER EGG

    Delve into the history and origins of the Christian festival of Easter and you come up with a few surprises. For instance, Easter eggs do not owe their origins to Christianity and originally the festival of Easter itself had nothing to do with Christianity either. A closer look at the history of both Easter and the Easter Egg reveals a much earlier association with pagan ritual and in particular, the pagan rites of spring, dating back into pre history.

    For us, the ancient rites celebrating the Spring Equinox are most obviously associated with the mysterious Druids and places like Stone Henge, but most ancient races around the world had similar spring festivals to celebrate the rebirth of the year. The Egg, as a symbol of fertility and re-birth, has been associated with these rites from the earliest times.

    The Christian Festival Of Easter

    In fact, the festival of Easter is a classic example of the early Christian church adapting an existing pagan ritual to suit their own purposes. The Saxon spring festival of Eostre, was named for their goddess of dawn, and when they came to Britain in about the 5th century AD, the festival came with them along with re-birth and fertility rituals involving eggs, chicks and rabbits. When the Saxons converted to Christianity and started to celebrate the death and the resurrection of Christ, it coincided with Eostre, so that's what the early church called the celebration, Eostre or Easter in modern English.

    The actual date that Easter falls on every year is governed by a fairly complex calculation related to the Spring Equinox. The actual formula is: The first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox is Easter Sunday or Easter Day. This formula was set by Egyptian astronomers in Alexandra in 235ad, and calculated using the same method as the Jews have traditionally used to calculate the feast of the Passover, which occurred at about the same time as the crucifixion.

    Easter Eggs

    As well as adopting the festival of Eostre, the Egg, representing fertility and re-birth in pagan times, was also adopted as part of the Christian Easter festival and it came to represent the 'resurrection' or re-birth of Christ after the crucifixion and some believe it is a symbol of the the stone blocking the Sepulchre being 'rolled' away.

    In the UK and Europe, the earliest Easter eggs were painted and decorated hen, duck or goose eggs, a practice still carried on in parts of the world today. As time went by, artificial eggs were made and by the end of the 17th century, manufactured eggs were available for purchase at Easter, for giving as Easter gifts and presents.

    Easter eggs continued to evolve through the 18th and into the 19th Century, with hollow cardboard Easter eggs filled with Easter gifts and sumptuously decorated, culminating with the fabulous Faberge Eggs. Encrusted with jewels, they were made for the Czar's of Russia by Carl Faberge, a French jeweller. Surely these were the 'ultimate' Easter gift, to buy even a small one now would make you poorer by several millions of pounds.

    Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Salvation that it brings on this day. However all of the little things we like to do are really not related to this at all. As Christians we should celebrate the resurrection of Jesus every day because it is the only way that we are going to stand before God on judgement day and be delivered into Heaven. Repentance and Faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ Dont be caught with out it!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    For Christians:

    Easter is the time of year when Jesus rises from the dead and we all rejoice for our sins are forgiven. Jesus was crucified in the week leading up to Easter Sunday, and thus he will rise this Sunday.

    Hope you meant Christians.

    Source(s): Bible
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes

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  • 1 decade ago

    Praying to St. Bunnikus.

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