I would've posted sooner, but I've been sick

O.E. Eastre (Northumbrian Eostre), from P.Gmc. *Austron, a goddess of fertility and sunrise whose feast was celebrated at the spring equinox, from *austra-, from PIE *aus- "to shine" (especially of the dawn). Bede says Anglo-Saxon Christians adopted her name and many of the celebratory practices for their Mass of Christ's resurrection. Ultimately related to east. Almost all neighboring languages use a variant of L. Pasche to name this holiday. Easter Island so called because it was discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday, 1722.

Most of you already realise that Christianity has usurped other religious ceremonies in an attempt to convert the pagans many years ago (So I won't harp on this much). But C'mon! It's called Easter!! They didn't even try with this one. At least with Saturnalia they changed the name to "Christmas". They could've been really unimaginative and called it "Dies Resurrectiorum" (Sorry, my Latin's rusty).

I've really got no beef with the bible. I think that it contains some very pertinent moral values that should be followed to this day. My real problem is Christians. Church attendance skyrockets on Christmas and Easter, as if to say, "if I go these days, God'll forget about the others". Not Gonna Happen. God has a long memory, and last I checked knew everything. This means he knows that you could give a crap less about him on days that aren't religious high holidays.

So do yourself a favor, sleep in every Sunday, even Christmas and Easter. You're not fooling God, and you're not fooling anyone else either.


Blogger Ross said...

I mean ultimately Easter is based on Passover.

But yeah it was policy for a long time to co-op pagan holidays for Christian ones. You know, let the pagans have their potatoe festivals, as long as they build a statue of Mary out of them.

So yes. Christmas = fake. Easter definitely has pagan/germanic roots, but ultimately utimately it really is based on Passover which way predates what was going on in Europe during the 600's. I don't know why we just don't call it Passover 2.0 or something. But I guess we are stuck with it. Blah.

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