Question: Why do we call it Easter?

Why Is Easter Called Easter? Bede the Venerable, the 6 century author of Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (“Ecclesiastical History of the English People”), maintains that the English word Easter comes from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility.

Where did the name Easter come from?

The naming of the celebration as Easter seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring. The only reference to this goddess comes from the writings of the Venerable Bede, a British monk who lived in the late seventh and early eighth century.

Who is the goddess of Easter?

Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex.

How is ostara celebrated?

For Ostara, celebrate with foods that honor the the coming of spring—eggs, early spring greens, shoots and sprouts, and of course, the all-important marshmallow Peep.

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