The Easter Pagan Origin
Easter, the Celtic spring festival of the springtime, is a popular topic on many Easter traditions and beliefs. Easter Sunday is the most significant religious event of the spring season in Christianity. This is the date when the Magi went to the manger to find the child Jesus. Some Christians believe that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday is the true Christian festival.
The true Christian festival of Easter is commemorated in its original form in the ancient city of Easter. This was the site of one of the greatest ancient mysteryologies – the Great Account of Raising the Dead. The story goes that as the Pagan goddess, Ashtoreth, raised the dead, she had her attendants gather round, toasting her with eggs and scattering them. The eggs represent the sun’s rays, while the gathered offerings symbolize the days of spring.
The Pagan goddess Ashtoreth had a son named Osiris, who became the ancestor of Horus, Ra, and Seth. She abandoned her son and went into exile with her daughter Isis, and their son Horus was born two months later. Later she took her daughter Taurus with her, and the two sisters traveled to Luxor, the ancient Egyptian capital. There they joined forces with the magician Nodens and fought against Seth of Upper Egypt, whose capital at Memphis. The two sisters defeated him, took control of the Nile, and established a dynasty which swept aside the competition of the Pharoahs and the Romans for the rule of the fertile Nile region.
Early Christians consider Easter as their own festival, which they celebrate according to the many legends that surround the Resurrection of Jesus. The true story is that when the Roman general, Caesar, learned that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, he despaired and asked for a star to be thrown into the water. This was done by Balaam, who then flashed a rainbow, which pointed toward the town of Nazareth. Many Christians commemorate Balaam by carrying his bones from place to place, but this legend claims that many young women from Nazareth were given eggs to celebrate the miracle.
When Christians began celebrating Easter they may have carried the legend of Balaam’s egg, but they also adopted the tradition of eating eggs in several other forms, some of which have even become popular in our own culture. One of these traditions has been adopted into Christian wedding customs. Typically, when couples wed in the springtime, the wedding party will break out in an egg hunt for married women. In many churches, these married women are decorated with flowers and white flowers in their hair. It is believed that these women represent chastity because they did not eat or drink until their wedding night.
Another very popular Easter ritual is the egg hunt. Although this hunt traditionally occurs on Sunday, many companies offer their Easter egg hunts all day long. The eggs are decorated with Easter eggs and white, fluffy petticoats. For this reason, many people choose to visit a company picnic instead of an actual Egg hunt. picnic picnics are perfect for those who do not want to spend too much time in the great outdoors.
Historically, the custom of Easter was associated with Christianity. Because of this, there were no Easter egg hunts. Children were also not allowed to break an egg on Sunday, unlike many other holidays. On the first Sunday of Lent, which is one of the three major Biblical Epistles, Jesus went to the temple of the High Priestess and told her that she would give a young boy an egg to break on her grave. She did so, and he was named Shanks. Because of the many legends of evil characters surrounding Easter, Shanks was often pictured as being a great White Ghost.
In Ireland, the Easter Monday festival began after the crucifixion of St. Valentine. While many Christians marked the day by receiving roses and chocolate, unmarried Christians made Easter more special by distributing eggs and candies to the unmarried. As Christianity spread throughout the world, Easter became a time for family reunions. There were Easter Egg hunts, egg decorating contests and parades. This became especially true in England and Scotland, where the English and Scottish colonialists had strong Christian roots. The White Phantom makes his appearance at the beginning of October in Ireland and many children have a favorite fairy or ghost story associated with the Holiday.