Ever wonder why brightly colored eggs and bunnies come with the Christian celebration of Jesus’ gruesome death and resurrection? It’s because Christianity co-opted Easter from the Pagans. These holiday traditions are remnants of Eostre.
In present times, every Easter morning, millions head out to church to celebrate Easter in commemoration of the resurrection of Christ. The traditional celebration consists of the priests turning their congregation to the EAST to watch the sun rise, a co-opted symbol of Jesus (god’s SON-SUN) rising from the dead.
(*Fun fact, December 25th–what Christians now call Christmas–was originally a celebration of the sun’s stopped movement at the lowest point in the sky, near the constellation of the southern crux, for 3 days. On December 25th, the sun moves up again–rises–from its lowest point on the crux. Translated: the sun died on the cross for three days and was resurrected. The more you know…)
The Christian Easter is laced with the original Pagan celebration of fertility. Gods associated with the celebration were the goddess Eostre, who represented new life, the goddess Cybele, who represented fertility, as well as the god Attis, the god of ever-reviving vegetation. Eostre, or “festival of the spring”, started as an earth-oriented celebration of the vernal equinox, when the sun grants equal light and darkness. Eostre celebrated the sun that had risen and would now give new life. Festivities centered around all that blossoms and prospers with the return of the sun–a show of gratitude and respect to fertility and life.
Rabbits were used as a symbol of fertility as they are one of the most rapidly pro-creating (translated: hella sexing) animals. Brightly colored eggs, a symbol of new life, were decorated like the rays of the sun and the northern lights for the gods. The eggs were then nestled amongst the various graves of the deceased.
This was surprising information for me when I began investigating the Christian tradition more deeply as a teenager.
One of my gripes with Christianity is that it swallows up sooo many Pagan holidays and replaces all worship of the “sun” – the original god of humans – with “son of god”, aka Jesus. Christian sects erase the rich history and origins of past celebrations of the earth with arrogant co-optation after arrogant co-optation. Valentines Day, Christmas, Easter…the list of stolen holidays is a long one. The holiday was officially dubbed “Christian” when the First Council of Nicaea, the group of bishops in AD 300 who are responsible for deciding what “Christianity” would be, decided that the 1st Sunday after the full moon, right in time for the Pagans’ Eostre celebration, would be called “Easter”. Pretty funny given that Ezekiel claims:
“The Almighty God said He hated this imagery and idolatry, and called all such ceremonies of the pagans great abominations!”
Lol. Oh, Christianity.
Happy Eostre everyone! ;D