Many Christians are unaware of the origins of Easter, which is actually a pagan festival held in honor of idols. In fact, Easter was celebrated hundreds of years before the supposedly birth of Jesus Christ. It wasn’t until at least 300 years after the establishment of the Christian church that the celebration of his resurrection began to be intermingled with the pagan practices of Easter. You should know the truth.
[The Name Easter]
According to the Venerable Bede, Christian historian and theologian, writing in the 8th century, [b]the name is from the festival of Oestre (sometimes spelled “Estre”)[/b], pronounced “Eestruh”, the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Fertility and New Life. It is easy to see how “Eastre time” became “Easter time”.
[The Egg-laying Rabbit]
Since ancient times, pagans have worshipped rabbits as sex and fertility gods, and have looked upon them as symbols of lust, sexual vigor and reproduction. In the traditions of Egypt and Persia there are such rabbit gods, and they were particularly honored in the Springtime.
Likewise, eggs have been, since ancient times, symbols of fertility, sex and new life. Likewise, eggs have always been an important feature of pagan Springtime celebrations of new life, fertility, etc. The Orphic legend of the origin of the Universe has the Earth being hatched out of an enormous egg (if you read this in some detail you will find a remarkable similarity to the current evolutionary theory of the “cosmic egg” origin of the Universe). In a broad range of pagan societies, from Egypt and Mesopotamia to the British Isles, brightly-decorated eggs were (and still are) presented as gifts and charms to bring (supernaturally) fertility and sexual success each Spring.
This all comes together in our Easter customs in the pagan tradition of Oestre (Estre), the Goddess of Spring, etc. In that pagan story, there was a great bird who intensely desired to be a rabbit. The Goddess Oestre (Estre) graciously turned the bird into a rabbit, and in gratitude the rabbit (who could still remember how to lay bird eggs) came each Spring, during the Festival of Oestre (Estre), and laid beautiful eggs for the benevolent goddess. This is exactly how we got a supernaural, egg-laying rabbit god in our Easter tradition.
[The Dates, and All the Rest]
Since the pagan Festival of Oestre (Estre) coincided each Spring with the time of Passover, it isn’t difficult to see how these pagan beliefs and customs eased into the life of The Church and replaced the Passover.
Easter was initiated to celebrate the death, burial and disappearance of [b]Ausar[/b] (Osiris, not Jesus) on friday, and celebrate his resurrection the following sunday. The Christian Easter is a replica of the ancient Kamitic (egyptian) Easter, known as “Aset Fasha”.
According to the book entitled “Historical Deceptions: The Untold Story Of Ancient Egypt” by Moustafa Gadalla, on page 223 he says:
“More than five thousand years ago, ancient Egyptians adopted a national holiday, which came at the end of a four day ceremony. According to Egyptian legend, Osiris died, was buried and then disappeared on Friday. They called that day the “loss of Osiris”. Osiris was resurrected, on the third day, I.e on sunday. The fourth day was and is the day of festivities.
In the Christian world, Easter is celebrated in the first week after the full moon, following the vernal equinox (when day and night are of equal length in the spring). This religious occasion reflects the Christian conviction that Christ died, was buried, and subsequently disappeared on friday, and was resurrected the third day after his death, I.e. sunday.
Osiris was associated with both the lunar and solar cycles. The four day ceremony of the death and resurrection of Osiris was therefore held in the week following the full moon (lunar cycle), following the vernal equinox (solar cycle), which is exactly the same date set for the Christian Easter.
It is interesting to know that Easter Monday is and has been a national holiday in Egypt for at least five thousand years! It is now called the “breath of life” day. It is the happiest day in the Egyptian calendar. People shed their winter clothes and wear their brightest outfits.”