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What is Easter? The Origin and Meaning of Easter.

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There are many people who still wonder what Easter is and what is the meaning of this day? The content of the article below will help those of you who do not understand well about Easter explain this day or refer to it.


Easter is a day commemorating the day of the Christian prophet. The Prophet (Jesus) believed to be the son of the Highest was executed and resurrected on this very day. This day commemorates the covenant between man and the Highest. Easter is considered the most important holiday of the year. In the past, this holiday has other names such as Spring Festival, Ostarum, Ostara, Ostern/Easter,...with the meaning that the spring sun is about to rise in the East. The Jews called it Paschefest, the Egyptians called it Osterlamm. The meaning of all these phrases is the first full moon day of spring. They will kill sheep to celebrate, to celebrate the day of freedom, liberation from oppression, and the status of slaves.
For Christians, Easter has a special meaning. Easter Day is usually held on any Sunday around the end of March - to the beginning of April. This activity is meant to commemorate the return of Jesus from the dead. Easter is usually celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon, also known as the vernal equinox. In many parts of the world, this holiday is also known as the spring festival, when the weather begins to change with trees, flowers and plants proliferating.
Easter has a very special meaning in Christian beliefs, for Christians, Jesus is considered a noble power, able to bring people a new life. eternal life. He was nailed to the Cross, then returned from the dead. Their strong faith in God led them to go to the synagogue every Saturday, Sunday, and to Easter. For Christians, Jesus and Easter are seen as symbols of resurrection, bringing new life. On the other hand, Easter is held in spring, the season of fertility, so it adds strength to them to believe in good things. Believe in a miraculous recovery, a good future. Easter is a holiday of hope, a day when everyone has the opportunity to express gratitude to God for loving, protecting, and guiding them in the right direction. During these days, many activities take place such as Fasting, almsgiving to the poor, foot washing, animation of the crucifixion, making pictures of leaves taken from Palm Mass, and walking the Way of the Cross. Some symbols of Easter such as easter eggs, easter bunny, jambon, easter flowers, and new clothes.
We believe that the Resurrection is integral to our faith. Our faith has no foundation if we do not believe the risen Jesus in that resurrected Lord.
“If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your human body through the Holy Spirit. His Spirit dwells in you.” (Romans 8 : 11)
“Because He has fixed a day when He will judge the world in righteousness by a man He has appointed; and this, He assured everyone by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17 : 31)
“Therefore, we were buried with him by baptism to death, so that, like Christ, who was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. .” (Romans 6 : 4)
The Christian faith has many symbols. We often emulate Jesus' process on the cross in a symbolic sense. We die with our old selves. We are also “buried” through baptism and experience resurrection and new life in Christ. Christ gives us a whole new life. We experience some of those new lives during our time on Earth and look forward to experiencing the rest of our resurrection in Heaven. We celebrate Easter because God lived the life we were supposed to live, and dead death we deserve to die so we can live. What a great cause for celebration. So that we can experience the resurrection with Him.
 
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The Jews called it Paschefest,
No. The overall celebration is called Pesach. (Passover)

There are 3 distinct holidays being celebrated: Pesach on the afternoon-evening of the 14th of Nisan/Aviv, Chag haMatzot (feast of Unleavened Bread) which goes for 7 days immediately following Pesach, and Yom haBikkurim. (day of first fruits) IT is this 3rd celebration - First Fruits - that became Easter. It is the day of Resurrection. The day after the Sabbath that falls in the week of Unleavened Bread.
 

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No. The overall celebration is called Pesach. (Passover)

There are 3 distinct holidays being celebrated: Pesach on the afternoon-evening of the 14th of Nisan/Aviv, Chag haMatzot (feast of Unleavened Bread) which goes for 7 days immediately following Pesach, and Yom haBikkurim. (day of first fruits) IT is this 3rd celebration - First Fruits - that became Easter. It is the day of Resurrection. The day after the Sabbath that falls in the week of Unleavened Bread.
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Actually Easter is a pagan festival/holiday associated with the Norse/Germanic goddess of spring and fertility Eostre/Ostara whose name is supposed to be related to the Greek Eos & Roman Aurora & Indian Ushas goddesses of dawn (who might come from Eve). (Some people wrongly link it with Babylonian goddess Ishtar queen of heaven.)
The bunnies and eggs are symbols of fertility linked with the spring goddess.
This was wrongly combined with the Judaeo-Christian holiday/festival of Passover/Pessach which was the date of the exodus and of the crucifixion, because of being about the same date or time of year. It has also been combined with commercialism and sugary food.
Of course one could draw certain parallels of spring and eggs with the Christian holiday like one can draw parallels of pagan origin elements in Christmas, and one can celebrate it as christian, but we should be careful of wrongly promoting the outright pagan things (name easter, bunnies, eggs) as christian.
 

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You have that the wrong way round.
Easter is a Jewish/Christian festival that is becoming paganised. It has nothing to do with any pagan godesses.

The name "Easter" is peculiar to English.
In other languages the name for this celebration of Christs' Death and Resurrection is based on the word "Pesach." (פסח in Hebrew) the name for Passover: These include: French , Greek, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and many others.
In other languages it is based on "Resurrection" or "Great Day/Night".
See this site

The names for Easter in various languages


That site also suggests that the English name is based on a mistranslation of a German word.

Also from the Encyclopedia Britannica:
There is now widespread consensus that the word derives from the Christian designation of Easter week as in albis, a Latin phrase that was understood as the plural of alba (“dawn”) and became eostarum in Old High German, the precursor of the modern German and English term. The Latin and Greek pascha (“Passover”) provides the root for Pâcques, the French word for Easter.
See: Easter


 

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Actually Easter is a pagan festival/holiday associated with the Norse/Germanic goddess of spring and fertility Eostre/Ostara whose name is supposed to be related to the Greek Eos & Roman Aurora & Indian Ushas goddesses of dawn (who might come from Eve). (Some people wrongly link it with Babylonian goddess Ishtar queen of heaven.)
The bunnies and eggs are symbols of fertility linked with the spring goddess.
This was wrongly combined with the Judaeo-Christian holiday/festival of Passover/Pessach which was the date of the exodus and of the crucifixion, because of being about the same date or time of year. It has also been combined with commercialism and sugary food.
Of course one could draw certain parallels of spring and eggs with the Christian holiday like one can draw parallels of pagan origin elements in Christmas, and one can celebrate it as christian, but we should be careful of wrongly promoting the outright pagan things (name easter, bunnies, eggs) as christian.
Thanks for the reminder
 

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You have that the wrong way round.
Easter is a Jewish/Christian festival that is becoming paganised. It has nothing to do with any pagan godesses.

The name "Easter" is peculiar to English.
In other languages the name for this celebration of Christs' Death and Resurrection is based on the word "Pesach." (פסח in Hebrew) the name for Passover: These include: French , Greek, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and many others.
In other languages it is based on "Resurrection" or "Great Day/Night".
See this site

The names for Easter in various languages


That site also suggests that the English name is based on a mistranslation of a German word.

Also from the Encyclopedia Britannica:
There is now widespread consensus that the word derives from the Christian designation of Easter week as in albis, a Latin phrase that was understood as the plural of alba (“dawn”) and became eostarum in Old High German, the precursor of the modern German and English term. The Latin and Greek pascha (“Passover”) provides the root for Pâcques, the French word for Easter.
See: Easter
Thanks for the reminder
 

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Easter is a Jewish/Christian festival that is becoming paganised. It has nothing to do with any pagan godesses.

Easter has nothing to do with the Passover, and the feast of firstfruits.

The Passover foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God.

He is the Firstfruits offering to God as being resurrected from the dead.

Easter bunny’s and eggs are about honoring the fertility goddess that the Romans worshiped.


I did however enjoy reading Jennifer’s post, and how she tried to relate everything in a spirit of love.


Thank you Jennifer Rogers





JLB
 

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You have that the wrong way round.
Easter is a Jewish/Christian festival that is becoming paganised. It has nothing to do with any pagan godesses.

The name "Easter" is peculiar to English.
In other languages the name for this celebration of Christs' Death and Resurrection is based on the word "Pesach." (פסח in Hebrew) the name for Passover: These include: French , Greek, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and many others.
In other languages it is based on "Resurrection" or "Great Day/Night".
See this site

The names for Easter in various languages


That site also suggests that the English name is based on a mistranslation of a German word.

Also from the Encyclopedia Britannica:
There is now widespread consensus that the word derives from the Christian designation of Easter week as in albis, a Latin phrase that was understood as the plural of alba (“dawn”) and became eostarum in Old High German, the precursor of the modern German and English term. The Latin and Greek pascha (“Passover”) provides the root for Pâcques, the French word for Easter.
See: Easter

Thanks for some interesting info. But in overall/whole I half disagree with your point/purpose.

Are you saying that easter was only created from adding to the Judaeo-Christian festival pagan ideas but that there was no pagan easter festivities/obeservances/holiday before then? My impression is that there were both Judaeo-Christain passover/crucifixion feastival and pagan festival before they were combined/mixed together to make the composite "easter" we have had since then.

I don't think it makes much difference whether the christian one was (cleverly) paganised or the pagan one was (falsely) christianised, both can be argued as true, since they combined/mixed them.

The original true Judaeo-Christian one is nothing to do with pagan goddess, but the pagan one and the composite pagan-christian one does as the name easter and the eggs and bunnies proves. I can't find any easter or bunnies or eggs or chocolate in the exodus and gospel accounts.

Yes if they use the name pesach or passover it is the biblical one not pagan, but that is only the name, the other elements like eggs and bunnies are the pagan. Just like the easter is the pagan name but the passover/exodus and crucifiction elements of "easter" are judaeo-christian not pagan. They combined the christian/jewish (pessach/passover, crucifixion & resurrection, date) with the pagan (easter, eggs, bunnies, date), some use one name some use other.
Abit like christmas is sometimes christmas in some places and sometimes yule or other name in some places/times, and has both christian and pagan elements combined. Though generally yule is not used for "christmas".

Even if eostre/easter could relate to alba "dawn" they still clearly provenly also mixed in pagan elements from Eostre/Ostara (name, eggs, bunnies, date), so it is a lie to say easter name (etc) is/was purely christian.
 

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Easter has nothing to do with the Passover, and the feast of firstfruits.

The Passover foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God.

He is the Firstfruits offering to God as being resurrected from the dead.

Easter bunny’s and eggs are about honoring the fertility goddess that the Romans worshiped.


I did however enjoy reading Jennifer’s post, and how she tried to relate everything in a spirit of love.


Thank you Jennifer Rogers





JLB
Thank you for the reminder.
 

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Thanks for some interesting info. But in overall/whole I half disagree with your point/purpose.

Are you saying that easter was only created from adding to the Judaeo-Christian festival pagan ideas but that there was no pagan easter festivities/obeservances/holiday before then? My impression is that there were both Judaeo-Christain passover/crucifixion feastival and pagan festival before they were combined/mixed together to make the composite "easter" we have had since then.

I don't think it makes much difference whether the christian one was (cleverly) paganised or the pagan one was (falsely) christianised, both can be argued as true, since they combined/mixed them.

The original true Judaeo-Christian one is nothing to do with pagan goddess, but the pagan one and the composite pagan-christian one does as the name easter and the eggs and bunnies proves. I can't find any easter or bunnies or eggs or chocolate in the exodus and gospel accounts.

Yes if they use the name pesach or passover it is the biblical one not pagan, but that is only the name, the other elements like eggs and bunnies are the pagan. Just like the easter is the pagan name but the passover/exodus and crucifiction elements of "easter" are judaeo-christian not pagan. They combined the christian/jewish (pessach/passover, crucifixion & resurrection, date) with the pagan (easter, eggs, bunnies, date), some use one name some use other.
Abit like christmas is sometimes christmas in some places and sometimes yule or other name in some places/times, and has both christian and pagan elements combined. Though generally yule is not used for "christmas".

Even if eostre/easter could relate to alba "dawn" they still clearly provenly also mixed in pagan elements from Eostre/Ostara (name, eggs, bunnies, date), so it is a lie to say easter name (etc) is/was purely christian.
You seem to be obsessed with eggs and bunnies. Perhaps your church has egg and bunny services but the Catholic Church doesn't.
There are three services over the Triduum, or as someone put it - one service spread over 3 days.
On Thursday evening is the Mass of the Last Supper where we celebrate the Last Supper.
On Friday Afternoon there is the Good Friday service where we remember the Passion and Death of Christ.
On Sunday evening we celebrate Christ's Resurrection.
Not an egg or bunny in sight.
Nothing pagan.
 

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Easter has nothing to do with the Passover, and the feast of firstfruits.

The Passover foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God.

He is the Firstfruits offering to God as being resurrected from the dead.

Easter bunny’s and eggs are about honoring the fertility goddess that the Romans worshiped.


I did however enjoy reading Jennifer’s post, and how she tried to relate everything in a spirit of love.


Thank you Jennifer Rogers





JLB

The Last Supper, Christ's Passion and Death and his Resurrection took place at Passover time.
“You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified.” (Mt 26:2)
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the passover?” (Mt 26:17)
This is what we celebrate.

The dates of Easter are based on the Passover -see:

BTW - do you notice I give some evidence for my claims, not just my opinions.
 

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Am I correct in thinking ONLY the English speaking world uses the term "Easter" to denote Resurrection Day/Yom haBikkurim? I know other IndoEuropean languages use some form of "Pascha."
 

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The Last Supper, Christ's Passion and Death and his Resurrection took place at Passover time.
“You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified.” (Mt 26:2)
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the passover?” (Mt 26:17)
This is what we celebrate.

Amen, I love it when you use scripture.


I know it’s what I celebrate, however some celebrate Easter with bunnies and Easter eggs.


There are no bunnies and Easter eggs associated with His death and resurrection in scripture.




JLB
 

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I know it’s what I celebrate, however some celebrate Easter with bunnies and Easter eggs.
And baskets with plastic grass and various candies.
There are no bunnies and Easter eggs associated with His death and resurrection in scripture.
Indeed. What is in scripture is God liberating the Jews from slavery in Egypt, and the parallel of our Lord liberating us from slavery to sin.
 

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If the body dies when the spirit leaves it and Jesus IS God and can not be killed, then Jesus didn't really die on the cross. His Spirit just left His flesh body and went to Paradise to declare victory to the saints and set them free. Right?

And on the third day, Jesus, come forth...and his flesh body did rise to life. So...does that mean He was never really in the tomb either?!

(He told Lazarus, Lazarus come forth from a distance so why not Himself too?)

I'm sorry I shouldn't stray off topic. Remember Jesus said, it is finished. That statement meant so many things, but the primary thing it meant I think was, No more sacrificial Lambs, Jesus was the very last sacrifice given in payment for man's sins. My understanding is that, the high priest did everyone's individual Lambs first and then the high priest did his lamb for the entire nation last. So Jesus was dying on the cross just as the high preist was finishing up his lamb. Jesus was crucified in Passover.
Pretty sure that's how it went.
 

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Am I correct in thinking ONLY the English speaking world uses the term "Easter" to denote Resurrection Day/Yom haBikkurim? I know other IndoEuropean languages use some form of "Pascha."
You are correct.
See the link in post #7
 

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Amen, I love it when you use scripture.


I know it’s what I celebrate, however some celebrate Easter with bunnies and Easter eggs.


There are no bunnies and Easter eggs associated with His death and resurrection in scripture.




JLB

Some may, but not Catholics - or Orthodox.
 
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