Why is Easter Called Easter?

Why is Easter Called Easter?

Easter is the most holy time for Christians. But if you do a search of the Bible, you will not find that word. So why do we call Easter, Easter?

Most languages use some variation of the Greek Pascha. It is actually only in English that this time is called Easter (German has the similar Ostern). And there is a specific reason for that. The Venerable Bede explains it this way:

Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated “Paschal month”, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.

Some believe that this means that Bede is saying that Easter is based on the worship of a pagan goddess. But that is not what he is saying.

What he is saying is that the month is named after a goddess. It is similar to how January is named after Janus and March is named after Mars.

The month in which Christians celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus happened to take place in that month and the celebration took on the name of the month.

So our modern Easter is named after the goddess Eostre, not in terms of worship, but in terms of timing and the old name of that month.

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One thought on “Why is Easter Called Easter?

  1. Continuation of the lies of the devil is what you people are doing. You all will have to answer to God in the final resurrection. Do the real research and you will find Easter is a pagan inspired tradition of men. Quit misleading people.

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