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Origin of Easter



Easter, Pascha, Resurrection Sunday, spring equinox, pagan goddess Eostre day and many more names has this celebration. And everything is connected.

Easter and Pascha (Greek, Latin) is Christian festival that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion.
According to the English monk Bede word Easter comes from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility.
“Other historians maintain the “Easter'' derives from in albis, a Latin phrase that's plural for alba, or “dawn," that became eostarum in Old High German, a precursor to the English language of today.” - History.com Editors

Easter is often referred to as a movable feasts, because it does not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars.
In 325AD the first major church council, the Council of Nicaea, determined that Easter should fall on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Easter began as a pagan festival celebrating spring (aka spring equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere, long before the advent of Christianity. The spring equinox is a day where the amount of dark and the amount of daylight is exactly identical.

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