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Its Origins, History, and Traditions

Origin of the word "Easter" =

[[ M.E. (Middle English) ester < (derived from) O.E. (Old English) easter, meaning = spring;
Easter is the original name of English Spring Festival < (derived from)
Eastre, dawn goddess < (derived from) IE (Indo-European) base: EAST (because the sun rises in the East. ]]

(Webster's New World Dictionary, Third College Edition, 1986)

Brief History of Easter

No one knows exactly how old the vernal festival, called, "EASTer" is.  I can tell you factually that it is older than the Christian religion (i.e., it is centuries older).  It probably originated in northwestern Europe as a festival that celebrates the renewal of life that happens in nature in the spring.  It was held on the vernal equinox (first day of spring), which is March 21 or 22.  It is called "EASTer" because the sun came from the EAST !!!!!

The so-called "Easter" holiday, which exists today, is somewhat different than the original Easter holiday, but some rituals still exist, even though the meaning of the holiday has changed.

This is how things changed:

Around 300 A.D., while people in Europe were still celebrating Easter as a spring festival, the Emperor Constantine of the Roman Empire made Christianity the state religion of the whole empire.  Then, the idea was to "ease" conversion of pagans into the Christian religion by incorporating as much of the local traditions as possible into the new state religion.  Easter was one of the traditions that was incorporated.  Easter nearly coincided with the Christian festival of "Pasch" ("Pascua" in Latin), which also coincides with the commemoration of Jesus' resurrection.

So, in essence, modern day Easter is a combination of at least three festivals:  (1) festival of Easter, (2) festival of Pasch, (3) festival of Jesus' resurrection.  We still practice some very ancient rituals in the U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and possibly South Africa (Honestly, I don't know about South Africa).  Please let me share...

Easter Tradition: Coloring Easter Eggs AND the Easter Bunny  

On the night before Easter, children color hard boiled eggs and set them out for the Easter Bunny.  While the children are sleeping the Easter Bunny comes and hides the eggs around the home.  When the children wake up, they hunt for the eggs and then eat them for breakfast.

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Since around 300 A.D.,  Easter has been chiefly a Christian holiday, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  But even non-Christians can (and often do) participate in the ancient rituals of coloring and hunting for Easter eggs.  In fact, it is very common for schools and various organizations to hold special Easter egg hunts before Easter day, in America.

Why Eggs and Bunnies?  

Eggs (especially chicken eggs) and bunnies (rabbits) are symbols of fertility.  Originally the Festival of Easter was held to insure fertility of crops and families.  Eating eggs and carrying rabbits feet around were thought to insure fertility.  Why?  Well, the answer is because eggs are symbolic of procreation, and rabbits are a symbol of plentiful offspring or abundant reproduction.

When is Easter?

Nowadays Easter is always celebrated during the Catholic Pasch, which is always on a Sunday, but it was originally celebrated on the day of vernal equinox (춘분).  An 'equinox' is when the sun passes the equator, making day and night of equal length in all parts of the earth.  The vernal equinox occurs about March 21 or March 22.  

The actual day of Pasch is different every year on the Gregorian calendar (which the world collectively uses today).  Why?  Because it is based upon the Hebrew calendar.  Just like the Chinese New Year is on a different day by the Gregorian calendar each year, because the Chinese New Year is based upon the Chinese lunar calendar.

So, people usually have to consult a calendar.  Furthermore, Easter (Pasch) is always on a Sunday because traditionally, Christ was resurrected on a Sunday.

DATES of EASTER (Pasch) by the Gregorian Calendar

2022, 4/17
2023, 4/09
2024, 3/31

Easter is a very important day to Christians, especially Catholics; BUT IT WAS NOT INVENTED by them.  They just "borrowed" it for their OWN purposes.

See also
Leon's Page on Earth Day


Astro-theology and Easter?

FOREWORD:  Beware False Propaganda
It is interesting that there are some similarities to the story of Christ.  But, not enough to make a valid case.
Christ (who is NOT a solar deity) died and was resurrected during Passover, which is in the spring.
The death of all the solar deities happened on winter solstice, and there was a rebirth (or a resurrection) 3 days later (but that "resurrection" was not complete until spring equinox (or Easter)).
So, beware that when armchair scholars claim that Jesus was just another sun god.  They don't know what they are talking about.
I've been researching these things for 50 years, and I know exactly what I'm talking about.


Astro-theology's relationship to Easter
 (but not related to Christ's death/resurrection).

ALL ancient religions had similar traditions, all based upon Astro-theology.  And the relationship to Easter is that the sun was "resurrected" to its highest point in the equatorial sky.  It continued to "grow" higher (in the Northern Hemisphere) until Summer solstice, after which it began to wane lower and lower in the heavens.  The sun "dies" on December 22nd (winter solstice) and remains "dead" for three days, after which it is reborn and begins to rise again from the "grave" until Easter (spring equinox).

Sun God
of Egypt
Birth Virgin Mother? Disciples? Death Rebirth /

Horus (the younger) was symbolized by a falcon.  That is because Horus (as the sun) flies across the sky each day.

False teachers will have you believe that Horus was born on Dec.25th
Heralded by a star in the East and adored by 3 kings.

I cannot verify such claims in any valid source.

False teachers say that Isis was a Virgin when she gave birth to Horus.

My research clearly shows otherwise, i.e., that Horus was the son of Isis and the resurrected...


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Some claim that Horus had 12 disciples; performed miracles, such as healing the sick and walking on water.

I cannot verify such claims in any valid source.

False teachers will have you believe that Horus was crucified, Dec.22nd, buried, and remained buried for 3 days.

No where can I verify this in a valid source.

False teachers will have you believe that Horus was resurrected by Isis.  The resurrection allegedly began on Dec.25th, and ended on the Spring Equinox.  Since Horus never died, why would he need to be resurrected?  The fact is that Osiris (who is green) died in the winter and was resurrected in the Spring.  Osiris personified all green plants.


God Vishnu
(of India)
in the flesh
Birth Virgin Mother? Disciples? Death Rebirth /
Krishna False teachers will have you believe that Krishna's birth was heralded by a star in the East.

There was a star mentioned at Krishna's birth: called "Rohini".  It was prominent in the sky at the birth of Krishna.  But, the location in the sky is not mentioned.

Source:  Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(1970, p.35)

False teachers will have you believe that Krisha was born of a virgin.

In fact, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1970, p.42) clearly writes that "to appear in the material world, the Lord selected his mother and father.  Whenever the Lord comes as a human being, He must have a mother and a father."

False teachers will have you believe that Krishna had 12 disciplines.

No where can I verify this.

False teachers will teach that Krishna was killed and resurrected.

In fact, Krishna was killed by an arrow by a man who mistook Krishna for a sleeping deer.


False teachers will have you believe that Krishna was resurrected (and at Easter time no less).

I do not believe this is true.  Krishna may have reincarnated at a later time, but he was NOT resurrected.

Furthermore, it is my very strong opinion that the Krishna story is an allegory.

And, I do not believe that Krishna was a solar deity.  The word Krishna means 'black' or 'dark blue'.

Sun God
of Greece
Birth Virgin Mother? Disciples? Death Rebirth /
Dionysus Dec.25th False teachers will have you believe that Dionysus was born of a virgin, named Semele.

In fact, Zeus (representing Light) was the father, and Semele (representing Matter) was the mother.

??? Gave his life on Dec.22nd, and his "blood" became the juice of the grapes of the field. Yes!

The resurrection or rebirth of Dionysus (a solar deity) started on December 25th (the end of the winter solstice) and was complete by March 21st (spring equinox).

Sun God
of Persia
Birth Virgin Mother? Disciples? Death Rebirth /
Mithra Dec.25th


False teachers would have you believe that Mithra was born of a Virgin, named Anahita.

That's just not true.  Mithra was born from a cave.

Learn more.

False teachers would have you believe that Mithra had 12 disciples.

Because Mithraism was a secret cult, there is very little information out there.  What I could amass about it is on my website, but nowhere does anything mention 12 disciples.

December 22nd. Reborn on December 25th.
Sun God
of Norse
Birth Virgin Mother? Disciples? Death Rebirth /
AKA: Balder

Etymologically meaning: Shiny, Gleaming, Blazing


Date not given. False teachers would have you believe that Baldr was born of the virgin Frigga.  That is completely false.  Baldr is the son of Wodin and Frigga, both gods.

Learn more here.

Baldr was a god.  He didn't need any disciples.


Killed by Hod on December 22nd by Loki's cunning.

Loki is the personification of darkness, evil, and destruction.

Learn more here.

Yes, by his mother asking Hermod to go and rescue Balder from Hel.

Resurrected 9 days later.




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