Easter's Dark Side

The actual origin of the name Easter is still unknown, but people have speculated since the eighth-century that the name could have originated with Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility.

EasterHere is some of the evidence built for this case.

The word Eastre is derived from the ancient word for spring.

The Greek month that corresponds with April is dedicated to Eastre.


A springtime festival, which was held in her honor, was celebrated utilizing a rabbit, which represents fertility.


Colored eggs, which represent the bright colors of spring and sunlight, were also commonplace during this festival.

Learn more about the resurrection celebration here.

Source: Funk & Wagnalls® New Encyclopedia. © 2005 World Almanac Education Group, A WRC Media Company

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