The word #EASTER might have derived from a springtime Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess called Eastre (German: Eostre; Norse: Ostara).
Easter is steeped in the symbolism of the cycles of the Sun, which rises daily in the East and caresses the natural world to life during springtime🌞
In the northern hemisphere, the #SpringEquinox occurs on the 21st of March, when the length of the day increases until it is equal with the length of the night. The Sun, growing in power, finally overtakes darkness.
This #SolarRebirth is celebrated in most ancient pagan religions, where agricultural life depended on the growth of spring.
The other symbol of ancient solar superstition was the moon🌝Even today, Christians continue to celebrate their version of Easter on the first Sunday on or after the first #FullMoon after the March equinox, tying Easter to its historical pagan roots.
The images of Easter include two of the most ancient and universal symbols of BIRTH, NATURE, FERTILITY, LIFE, and REBIRTH:
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While the name Easter is used in the English-speaking world, many more cultures refer to it by terms best translated as #PASSOVER (e.g., “Pascha” in Greek), in reference to the Jewish festival of Passover.
In fact, some early Christians chose to celebrate the #Resurrection of Christ on the same date as the Jewish Passover, which fell around day 14 of the month of Nisan, in March or April. These Christians were known as #Quartodecimans (meaning “Fourteeners”).
By choosing this date, they put the focus on when Jesus died and also emphasized continuity with the Judaism out of which Christianity emerged✝️✡️
HAPPY EASTER, EVERYONE🦋
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