What are the roots of today’s Easter celebrations and traditions?

Easter has its origins in pre-Christian times. The English name, “Easter” is derived from the name of the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of the Dawn called Ēaster, Ēastre, and Ēostre in Old English and Ostara in German.

In England, the annual festival honoring her was in the month of Easter, to celebrate Spring or the Dawn of the year.

The Easter bunny associated with this time of year is also due to the connections with Saxon Goddess Eastre (Ostara), whose sacred animal was a hare.

Easter eggs have an even more ancient origin. For as long as has been known, eggs are traditional symbols of rebirth and fertility. It’s possible that this connection was made and has been held right back to the beginning of human civilization. Eggs were used by Ancient Romans and Greeks to symbolise fertility, rebirth, and abundance and therefore fit with the Christian belief of Jesus’ resurrection, as well as earlier festivals celebrating Spring.

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