The history of Easter unveils deep rooted and rich associations between the Christian faith and the apparently unrelated practices of the early Pagan religions. Easter originally evolved from a Pagan celebration called Eastre.
Perhaps one of the most important of the Christian holidays Easter is a feast that celebrates the connection of Christ from the dead – this resurrection is celebrated around the vernal equinox which historically is a time for Pagan celebrations that concurs with the arrival of spring and represents the arrival of light and the stirring of life around us.
Easter is named after a Saxon goddess known by the name of Eastre or Oestre – the goddess of the spring and the dawn. Ostra was the goddess of fertility. Bringing brighter and slightly longer days after the vernal equinox, Ostra had a zeal for new life. The presence of the goddess was felt in the birth of babies, and the rabbit was her sacred animal (the rabbit is known for its tendency for rapid reproduction).
Easter Icons- Easter Eggs, Easter Bunny, Hot Cross buns, Lamb and Dove
Of all the symbols that are associated with Easter, the egg is the most identifiable. Conventionally, Easter eggs were painted with vibrant and bright colors that represented spring and were presented as Easter gifts or used in Easter –egg rolling contests. However, different cultures have developed different patterns of using eggs in their celebrations. For instance, in Greece, Crimson colored eggs are exchanged to honor the blood of Christ, whereas in Italy, eggs are used to prepare a broth based Easter soup.
The second most popular Easter symbol, the Easter bunny is well known for its fertility and represents the birth of new life during spring. These symbols, the dawn that arrives with the resurrection of life, and spring celebrations are meant to remind us of the need of renewal in our lives and are gracefully interwoven in our lives.
On behalf of the Doctors & Staff of Park Clinic Orthopaedics, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family peace, love and happiness during the easter break! Happy Easter!