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|Blog City Prompt for April 18 2019
Write on Easter:
Ostara or Eostre is the Pagan celebration of the Spring Equinox, and very likely how and why the early Roman Catholic Church determined to set Easter in the Spring. Eostre was the Germanic goddess of spring. Interestingly, Ostara was not celebrated as a Celtic holiday. Spring's equinox was also celebrated in Ancient Persia and by the Mayans at Chichen Itza. Ostara, like Mabon (Autumnal Equinox), is also celebrated as a Witches' Sabbat.
Modern-day Easter, of course, changes dates, as does Passover, but the Spring Equinox remains basically the same.