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How did Easter (Ishtar or Astarte) become a Christian holiday?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Friend,

    It might surprise most, but what we know as Easter was celebrated for many hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. Originally, the Church of God never kept Easter, but Passover. Jesus Christ, His Apostles and His Church kept the Sabbath, and the Holy Days of God (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost and so on). You will find this mostly recorded in Acts. There are other NT references too.

    Acts 12:4 is a mistranslation of the Greek "Pascha," meaning the Passover.

    The Church largely became corrupted in the first century AD and began absorbing pagan doctrines, mostly to gain converts.

    Easter is named for the Babylonian goddess of fertility, Astarte or Ishtar. It is from here that you get the eggs, rabbits and so on.

    In ancient times, egg hunts were held in the name of Astarte, and those women who found an egg were said to be blessed with a child that year.

    Easter is not biblical, and it does not commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Good luck.

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  • aoay
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    4 years ago

    Ishtar Astarte

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  • Amy
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    1 decade ago

    Easter is only named after Eostre/Astarte in countries w/ Germanic based languages. In more southerly climes where they speak Romance languages the name is based on the word "Passion."

    The date is based on Passover (the Lord's Supper) which is calculated on the Jewish lunar calendar. In the Roman/Western tradition Easter falls on the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon of Aries or the 1st full moon after the spring equinox.

    When the northern European lands were converted to Christianity they were already celebrating the spring equinox. Bunnies and eggs are symbols of the burgeoning fertility that is celebrated at Imbolc (the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox). The church took these popular symbols and celebrations and gave them new Christian meanings.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ostara never became a christian holiday, because of the christians that went to britain were trying to convert the pagans, they put Easter right next to a pagan holiday(Ostara), just like they did with christmas.

    The hare was sacred to Ostare and people would paint eggs and bury them, hoping their wishes would grow. Priests would pay christian children to go dig up said eggs and break them, thus the easter egg hunt.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In the 300's AD Emperor Constantine injected the Roman religion with paganism so the newly converted pagans could feel at home in a religion having the label of "Christianity"

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The word Easter is a translation from the Latin "Festa Paschalia", the entire octave of Easter. The Greek term for Easter is pascha. In Hebrew it's "pesach" (passover). Easter is a Christian Holiday even if the English word is derived from a month that is named after some ancient pagan goddess that was no longer worshiped by the time Christians were around.

    Concerning eggs as another poster discussed: the reason eggs were incorporated into Easter is because Lent is a period of sacrifice. At one point in Christian history eggs and milk were not allowed to be eaten during Lent, so the custom of giving eggs on Easter as gifts came into practice. How it evolved into coloring them is anyone's guess as there is no written historical documentation to backup the various claims.

    EDIT: And I invite one single moron who gave me a thumbs down to provide me with real historical evidence that Christians plotted to incorporate their holidays into Pagan holidays in order to convert people.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ after he was crucified. He was crucified on Good Friday and rose on Easter Sunday.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's not like you ... and most people, seem to think:

    http://douglawrence.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/is-ea...

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  • 1 decade ago

    christianity took a lot of things from other religions so that people would convert (people like their own traditions). I think the tradition of painting eggs was originally pagan.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Pagans became Christians, kept their feast days and renamed them.

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