Easter is the oldest and most important event in the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Easter is held (based on the Western Church) between March 21st and April 25th, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern Spring Equinox.
Easter is a special time of year: the celebrations people share, the gifts, the unique flowers associated with this special time, the Easter Bunny, the wonderful gift baskets, the eggs and even hot cross buns.
To understand Easter’s special qualities it helps to appreciate the origins of this event. Originally a Pagan festival celebrating the return of Spring, this second century Saxon fertility celebration was a raucous affair to say the least. The Goddess Ostara (Eastre) was honored in a variety of colourful and imaginative ways and Ostara’s sacred animal was the hare. Continue reading