Join the crew of Ohm-g as we discuss the origins of Easter. Alexandra shares a brief history on the significance of the symbols associated with the holiday. Easter was originally the pagan holiday that celebrated the Germanic goddess Eostre and it was celebrated at the spring equinox. Christianity created their own holiday to replace pagan traditions as they were indoctrinating civilization. Fun fact guys, Easter this year is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. Look at everyone celebrating the phases of the moon.
Riddle us this, what do bunnies, and baby chicks, and dyeing eggs have to do with the Christian holiday of celebrating Jesus dying on a cross and raising from the dead? Easter or Eostre is the celebration of spring, of fertility, and the new life that comes. Hello, bunnies….need I say more? Dyeing the eggs pastel colors represents the soft colors of spring as the flowers bloom and the grass begins its fresh new growth from the dormant winter months. Which came first? The goddess or the Easter bunny? I am proud to report that the goddess came first! Let me jump up on my soapbox for just a minute here. Hence began the rule of patriarchy by the Christian religion. Replacing the celebration of the feminine. Trying to snuff out the power of the feminine. Okay, I’ll hop off of my box…for now.
We had a great time discussing our personal traditions or lack of traditions. Alexandra shared her tradition as a child of receiving a bathing suit for Easter. I would surmise a practical if not altogether odd gift but hey, my aunt gave me thong underwear with religious tracts for my birthday one year so I’m not judging. Aaron and Camille had haaaamm (yes, that is a multi-syllable word) for their Easter feast. Tune in to Camille to learn about the tradition of Banana Salad? Rosalie grew up Catholic and did all of the traditional Catholic mass things. Aaron reminisced on the joy of Easter morning baskets with plastic grass and a budderfanger (you will have to listen to his pronunciation to understand my misspelling). His mamma used to put together an outstanding Easter basket for them every year.
We discussed what traditions we might want to start to celebrate this time of the year. Brenda Sue is going to plant bulbs. Alexandra and her family enjoy opening all of the windows and doing spring cleaning. Rosalie and her husband enjoy planning for the summer garden and preparing the soil.
So get out there and celebrate the coming of spring. Whether that includes going to church on Easter, planting in the ground the seeds to come to fruition in the coming months, or having fun dyeing and hiding eggs for the kids. We will be celebrating the longer daylight hours, the warming sun, and watching the earth come back to life after the cold months of winter.
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