Have you ever hear a Christian say something like,”I wish people would remember the true meaning of Easter”? I have. Actually, I was one of the people saying it. 🙂 I saw the bunnies and candy eggs as an attack on Christian values and as the commercialisation of the “resurrection”.
Now I see it differently. Did you ever notice that the Easter holiday is very near the Vernal Equinox? Spring, when everything comes back to life… That is odd. Jesus came back to life on or near the first day of spring. It almost sounds symbolic, doesn’t it?
Anyway, I have read in several different places that the word “Easter” comes from the word “Eostre”, the name of a fertility goddess. I can see it. What better time to have a fertility holiday than the start of Spring? And what better symbols for fertility than rabbits and eggs?
So, maybe Christians should stop lamenting their hijacked holiday and realise it was never really theirs…
Happy Eostre everybody. May your lives be fertile. 🙂