Easter - Pagan festival or not?

The following was sent to me by a dear sister who ministers in Ireland, I liked it, so I have added it to the hub, she is not a hubber.

The fact is that Christ has been subjected to identity theft with this Easter concept, and it's not just the bunny that's been doing it!.

My friend Nell wrote....

We do not celebrate "easter" or the bunnies or the egg thing.

The term "Easter" is not of Christian origin.

Easter started in Babylon.

It is another form of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean (Babylonian) goddess.

The name Ishtar sounds like Easter.

They are the same.

The celebration of Istar included coloring eggs, an ancient symbol of fertility.

They even hid eggs for their children to find, just as it is practiced today.

It is a pagan festival which has been introduced into Christianity.

"Easter" comes from a idol goddess named "Istar" who was the goddess of fertility.

She was an idol with many eggs all over her body.


The rabbit, called the Easter Bunny, is a symbol of fertility.

Rabbits are known for their rapid reproduction: thus a symbol of fertility and a part of the ancient pagan celebration.

  • Easter: (English)
  • Eastre (Anglo-Saxon) is the Anglo Saxon "fertility goddess"
  • Ishtar (Babylonian)is the Babylonian "fertility goddess"
  • Ashtaroth (Hebrew) is the Hebrew name for the Canaanite "fertility goddess"
  • Astarte (Greek)--is the Phoenician and Greek "fertility goddess"

This deception has been a part of the Christian church as long as I can remember.

We were taught on the death and ressurection of our Lord, but also participated in every aspect of the egg and bunny rabbit.

Sad, to say in my ignorance I also did the same for my own children and grandchildren.

Only until a few short years ago did I truly learn what this was and where it came from.

I found in my study of Leviticus chapter 23 the beauty of the 'Feast of the Lord" and how each one was a practice & portrayal of what was to come for all eternity. For any of you who may not have known this before I hope that you will do research as I did and find out the truth of each festival in Leviticus 23.

For those who still practice the pagan ritual of this time, perhaps you might consider studying to find the truth for yourself.

There is a multitude of information in books and on the internet. Just google "Ishtar" and you will be amazed at the amount of info.

We sincerely wish our Jewish friends a Happy Pesach and our Christian friends Happy Resurrection Sunday. We wish atheists 'good luck....you need it!'

For both family and friends we pray that when the "trumpet sounds" we will see each other and celebrate our salvation at the Marriage Supper of The Lamb.

As the hymn says

"Now the King of the ages approaches the earth, He will burst through the gates of the sky, And ALL men will bow down to His beautiful name, We SHALL RISE WITH A SHOUT, WE SHALL FLY"

The fact is that just because something looks good, cute and cosy, doesn't mean it is the real thing, nor good, cute and cosy..... our mutual enemy is a master of deception and will always attempt to offer a substitute for Christ, one that looks like the real thing, sounds like the real thing and acts ALMOST exactly the same.... that's what counterfeits are about.

You can only tell the difference when you KNOW the real thing!

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Most informative Aguasilver my brother. The death and resurrection of Jesus is the most significant factor in this celebration regardless of what name it is given. It is Christ's gifts to mankind that need be celebrated and remembered, and you can call it ("oooooooops day") the name doesn't matter.

Pentecost is but 48 days away, and all that matters with that celebration is the fact that God's Holy Spirit with Our Father God's blessings freely indwells each and every person filling them with the Gifts of the Spirit, to be activated in each person as the Holy Spirit deems necessary.

Brother Dave.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

pagan as all US holidays, easter, xmas, all represent idolatry, as well as covetousness, and greed. The easter was a misinterpretation, check this hub for more in depth story:copy and paste to your browser

hubpages.com/hub/Our-Life-Begins-With-A-Spiritual-Resurrection


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Sanctus Vesania 6 years ago

It needs to be found again, but I read that the ancient worshipers of Ishtar would use blood (human and animal) to color their eggs with.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain Author

Hi dj,

Thanks for sharing! - It galls me that we celebrated today (4th March 2010) what (by the Jewish calendar) should have been done on what is called 'Good Friday' - Tuesday was the first day of Pesach this year! - so Friday was the Resurrection!!!!


djbraman 6 years ago

The three feasts that God calls us before him, Passover, Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) and Sukkot (feast of tabernacles) died with paganism and Christians need to learn these Hebriac roots which will change your life. I know the truth about them changed my life. Pagan holidays, Santa, Easter Bunny has become rubbish to me. Our awesome blessings are found in the appointed times from Leviticus, thank you for sharing this. Oh, I'm a PenteBaptist too, I saw that in one of your comments! Happy Resurrection Morning!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

Oh very good, thanks for sharing this article from your friend aguasilver. I had done some of this research a few years back and like your friend deeply regretted all the "easter bunny" things I did with my kids. More than ever I feel that the truly traditional time of remembering must and should be honored so that people would learn what we truly think of this time.

Blessings to you

UlrikeGrace


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

terrific hub god speed happy Easter thanks


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Thanks for the information. I pray that the "Seed" of the Word will be "fertile" in bringing multitudes unto salvation through Christ ~ tons and tons of "new births"!! God bless you.

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