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Is the celebration of Easter a cultural appropriation of Eostre?

“Is the celebration of Easter a cultural appropriation of Eostre?”, Indiafaith, April 10, 2023:

“Christian devotees celebrated Easter on Sunday dated, April 9, 2023, across the world. According to Christianity, the day marks the Resurrection of Jesus three days after his death by Crucifixion. According to Christians, the day on Jesus was crucified is celebrated as Good Friday. Many controversies have been linked to these days.

After research, it has been revealed that these days including December 25, celebrated as the birthday of Jesus, are associated with pre-Christian traditions. Here, only the research about Easter has been considered. A member of SC Times Writers Group, namely Karen Cyson, claimed that Easter is the appropriation of celebration of the ancient spring fertility festival honouring the goddess Eostre (Ostara, Oestera).

In an article titled ‘Traditions of Easter and cultural appropriation of Eostre’, Karen Cyson wrote, “This celebration, of pagan origin, pays tribute to the renewal of the Earth, the rebirth of life after the dead of winter. Eostre is the pagan fertility goddess of humans and crops. The traditional colors of the festival are green, yellow and purple. The symbols used are hares and eggs, representing fertility (because we all know that bunnies breed like, well, rabbits) and new life…..”

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