Easter is Not a Christian Holiday

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 28th Mar 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Easter is not Christian, it predates Christianity and is a pagan fertility holiday. The Christian holiday is correctly known as Passover and was designed to often coincide with Easter to erase memory of it from history.

Easter Is a Fertility Holiday

Easter is a pagan fertility holiday. Easter is a celebration of fertility and dedicated to the fertility goddess, Eastre. Her name may also be spelled Oester, and Ishtar, In different areas the origins of this holiday are different, with different legends as explained in the next section.

The fertility goddess also gave her name, not just to Easter, but also to the female fertility cycle and hormones, namely Estrus, and Estrogen.

Origin of Easter Traditions

As mentioned bunnies and eggs are Easter traditions that have nothing to do with Jesus and everything to do with fertility. Rabbits are so fertile that a female rabbit can be raising one litter and give birth to another, thus raising two litters of different aged baby bunnies at the same time.

Chicks and eggs are also associated with fertility and as such were traditions of this holiday, and Easter Egg hunts were set up for kids and adults alike.

In some legends Oestre had a lover who was a bird and she turned the bird into a bunny, and as such the Easter bunny lays eggs. Other traditions hold Isthar (pronounced Easter) as being a moon goddess who had a son named Tammuz and she later became a fertility goddess, In this story Tammuz had a love of bunnies and was later killed by a pig (as such ham is often eaten on Easter).

The cross on "hot crossed buns" was not originally considered to be a cross at all, but was a T for Tammuz.

Abandoned Traditions of Easter

As a fertility holiday there are a couple of traditions we no longer follow in these modern times, two of them include giving the finger as a greeting, and having phallic (penis) shaped candles. These traditions were not considered to be vulgar by early pagans but were greeted with disgust by early Christians for whom frowned such things and indeed treated normal sexuality and sexual desires unrelated to procreation with disgust.

Links for Further Reading

The story of Isthar and Easter

Source for information on giving the finger and phallic candles

Chicks and Bunnies are NOT good Easter Pets/Gifts

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
28th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you generously for this page for all to read, our dear friend, Mark Brown! Something all should definitely know.

Uthrania Seila

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author avatar Songbird B
29th Mar 2013 (#)

Oh I am so glad that you wrote this Mark, I only touched on one small part of the Pagan originality of Easter in my Easter Bunny poem, so it's great to see more about it in this Star page article..\0/

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author avatar Val Mills
29th Mar 2013 (#)

Loved reading about Eastre.

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author avatar Buzz
29th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks for the info, Mark. I wish you and Brenda a Happy Easter.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Mar 2013 (#)

this is fab Mark and really who cares where it comes from as long as it brings fun....

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark for the history behind this tradition. This makes me recall an incident decades ago in Kerala, India. Our company had two days of holiday - for Easter Friday and Maundy Thursday. I gently told my staff why not cut the holiday to just one day for Easter. They politely told me that this is a tradition followed for hundred years in the company - yes, that company was over hundred years - and being a non-Christian I will not understand the significance - siva .

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author avatar Denise O
30th Mar 2013 (#)

Interesting read. Who cares what others do on this day, you just do your thing, have fun and allow others to do the same and all will be just fine. Great photos also. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Mar 2013 (#)

Very true Mark and it's great to get the truth out there. I agree with Denise however, let's all o our own thing.

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author avatar madugundurukmini
3rd Apr 2013 (#)

great Jesus

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author avatar micheal
17th Apr 2013 (#)

A very interesting read,and makes perfect sense.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
24th Apr 2013 (#)

A well presented document of truth and reality, thank you Mark. Our modern societal belief system is fraught with misconception, often adding truth to the saying: Men go where Angels fear to tread." We sometimes tend to charge like a proverbial bull at the gate not sparing a single thought about the origins of some of our so called sacred customs and cultures, Haloween, Easter, Xmas on 25th Dec. etc.. Perhaps this very thing has lead to out present decline as a species...

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author avatar Eliana Brooks
9th May 2013 (#)

If I could I would give this article a thumbs up. I'm sharing this on FB.

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author avatar Phyllis Smith A.
13th May 2013 (#)

Excellent article, Mark. I'm a Christian and was aware of this, have never engaged in Easter celebrations with my son, and taught him about the Passover.

You've done a lot of good by informing others of the facts.

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author avatar Grumpybear
12th Jul 2013 (#)

This is an excellent page. To mingle idolatry with true teachings are a big deal to God. Can you just think how He feels when you put a pagan rite on a day He gave the greatest gift of His Son? This reminds me of a few passages in the bible where it is mentioned a few times. In Ezekiel where 2 women were crying over tammus and then in revelations where the serpent, having lost the manchild the woman bore, let from his mouth a flood of water to drown the woman who gave birth the the manchild that was caught up to God. The earth that swallowed up the flood is the ones who don't care that they have mixed false idolistic practices into the true worship of God. They inquire of Him with their mouth but don't really care what God has to say. Indeed these people shall reap a reward in the great winepress mentioned in revelations that the wrath of God's anger will come up to the bridles of the horses. God knows the hearts of His true worshipers and those that have a semblance of religious values. Good page Mark. :)

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author avatar Chris
5th Apr 2015 (#)

Well I am at my parents Easter egg party. I am ashamed. I feel as if the only holiday christians are to celebrate is Passover . Everything we do even our days of the week are named after pagan gods . Even worshipping the sun god by going to church on Sunday. Saturday the seventh day is the sabbath. All to get mans attention off Jehovah's laws

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