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The Pagan Origins of Easter

on April 12, 2022

The Spring Equinox marks the festival of Eostre – also known as Ostara – a Germanic goddess worshiped by the Anglo-Saxons. If “Eostre” looks familiar, it’s because the word eventually morphed into “Easter.”


The pagan symbols of Easter include rabbits, hares, and eggs. Rabbits and hares represent fertility, while eggs symbolize fertile purity. Easter egg hunts can be viewed as a re-enactment of rebirth and renewal rituals practiced by ancient people. Lighting a bonfire at dawn on Easter morning hearkens back to the days when Germanic believers lit bonfires at dawn on the morning of the Spring Equinox. Decorating eggs and wearing new clothes symbolize the end of winter, the coming of Spring, and the birth of new life.


We all look forward to the coming of spring and all the beautiful treasures it brings: fresh green grass, colorful and fragrant flowers, birds singing in the trees, blue skies and sunshine, and warm breezes wafting through our open windows. Spring is the time when we feel energetic and renewed. We want to stretch out our muscles and get outdoors in the sunshine. We feel suddenly motivated to clean out our closets and send belongings we no longer need to the local thrift shop. We shop for new clothes, try a new hairstyle, revel in nature and the world at large. After the oppression of winter, Spring sets us FREE.


Happy Easter! Happy Spring!


Dawn Pisturino
April 11, 2020; April 12, 2022
Copyright 2020-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


21 responses to “The Pagan Origins of Easter

  1. Dawn, I love your writings… Your thoughts about Easter and spring provoke my reasoning. Let spring come with all its tidings. Good piece. ๐Ÿ‘

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  2. Jim W. says:

    wow, new to me ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Neal Saye says:

    Welcome, young Spring!

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  4. utahan15 says:

    most Christian high holy days are from prior pagan scions shall we say?

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  5. Happy Spring and Easter Dawn.. This year, Ramadan, coincides with Easter.. This happens very rarely ( about every 33 years) and it’s a nice coincidence…We are in our 2nd week of fasting this week:) May you have a a wonderful holiday and Spring๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

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  6. balladeer says:

    I always love this topic!

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  7. Ah yes, new beginnings, new awakenings, and the newness of life. Thanks so much for sharing the pagan origins of Easter Dawn. This information is something so many of us never think about when we observe “how,” “why” and “with what” we celebrate Easter. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Enjoy the rest of your evening my friend. ๐Ÿค—

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  8. Michele Lee says:

    Interesting history, Dawn. Thank you for sharing. ๐ŸŒป

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  9. elvira797mx says:

    Happy Eastern! Happy Spring! To, dear Dawn,thank’s for share.
    Lovely day!
    Elvira

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  10. Dear Dawn,

    On this special occasion, I am sending a pictorial Easter Greetings to you as follows:

    Happy Easter to you soon!

    Yours sincerely,
    SoundEagle

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Drunken Chef says:

    I do love tidbits of history. Particularly about religion. A very cool article!! Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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