Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Passover, Easter, and Eostre

The Easter Bunny's origins are rooted in 13th-century pagan Germany: The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.  As Christianity spread across Europe, the pagan festival of Ēostre was assimilated into Christian culture, including its symbols of the rabbit and the egg. The spring celebration of Easter, which even takes its name from Ēostre, was born.

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