Easter though is a Christian feast its origin lies in ancient Pagan traditions. This time of the year is celebrated in different forms across the world; mostly in the form of spring festivals. Christians believe that Jesus Christ, the son of God awoke from his death bed. A phenomenon referred to as the ‘resurrection of Christ’. There are quite a few legends and stories associated with the fest, some of which have nothing to do with Christianity!
Historians seem to agree with the theory proposed by Saint Bede that the term ‘Easter’ comes from the traditional German terminology ‘Ostra’ or ‘Eostre’ that refer to the Goddess of birth and fertility. This festival has always been celebrated on the day of the Vernal Equinox.
Contemporary Easter festivities are a convergence of a number of traditions. Those brought up in the Hebrew tradition believed Easter as representative of the Passover; an important Jewish feast that is celebrated for 8 days. Yet others treat Passover as the commemoration of the message of “the advent of messiah as prophesised by the prophets.”
It is basically a moveable feast. It does not occur on a fixed day each year. According to the Western Church Easter is celebrated “on the first Sunday following the full moon after the spring equinox.” This is just a short introductory gist of Easter history. Suitable for teenagers and children!