Celestial indeed! Today is that special day set aside to celebrate the first Sunday that comes after the first appearance of the full moon in the sky that rises after the first day of the Vernal equinox. How’s that for watchful heavenly movements?
Luckily we are not in a country with majority orthodox Christians because, if we were, then there is one more caveat. Orthodox Christians believe that they cannot celebrate Easter until the Jewish Passover has been completed, and so their date is fixed after all of the above celestial requirements have occurred plus that being after Passover.
Thus, in 2013 the so-called Gregorian Easter is on March 31, but the Orthodox Easter is not until May 5. That occurs again three years later, which means that all of the bunnies and plastic eggs are off of the store shelves by that later date, mandating that parents buy their goodies ahead.
As Christmas on 25 December was chosen because. at that time of the year, the winter Solstice was widely celebrated in the ‘pagan’ world, so too Easter. The modern English term Easter from the Old English word Ēostur . The name refers to Eostur-monath, a month of the Germanic calendar attested by Bede as named after the goddess Ēostre of Anglo-Saxon paganism. Bede notes that Eostur-monath was the equivalent to the month of April, and that feasts held in her honor during Ēostur-monath had died out by the time of his writing. Germanic tribes celebrated the coming of the goddess Ostara.
Thus this Easter celebration originally honored the Goddess Ēostre, the goddess who brought the warm temperatures and high-sun to the land, along with the birds and the new litters of bunnies and other animals. Is it not interesting that the goddess was replaced by the man-god in the Christian mythology? Male dominance- and the current trouble in the church because of it.
Happy Ēostre, my friends.