Why Easter is Not a Pagan Holiday

In popular social media, they always popped out on one’s news feed. We knew them, those countless memes claiming that various Christian feasts are pagan rip-offs. This becomes especially rampant when holiday seasons near.

And Easter-tide is always a favorite target.

Anyone opposing Christianity, even to every world religion will often resort to such memes to discredit and to debunk. It seems that having pagan qualities could be a proof that religion is a delusion. Or at least that’s what the neckbeards claim.

Christian holidays do have pagan elements, and Halloween is a good example. Nevertheless, people never really considered those festivities, Easter included as pagan. In this article, we will focus on an important celebration among the whole Christendom. When a savior died for his people and rose from the dead on that joyous day. Easter was a meaningful but fulfilling day for me. As a child it’s a break from the long and solemn weeks of Lent. As I grew up, it became a symbol of strength and fulfillment. But if there is one thing, I never really considered it to be pagan. And as we dig into Easter, the less pagan it appears, and the more Christian it becomes.

Firstly, Why People Point These Out
As what’s mentioned earlier, there are people who will resort to anything to discredit every world religion. In the case of Christianity, stressing the pagan symbolism is one way of attempting to show everyone that religion is merely invented. Just a copy of earlier pagan cults. Anti-theists want proof that religion is a delusion, and what a way than to spread questionable “facts” in the form of memes in social media. Nevertheless, experts are quick to point out that there are flaws in their claims.

The Pagan Practices of Easter
The hare, a favorite Easter animal.

Firstly, is the name of the holiday itself. The modern English term came from the Old English Eastre, or Eostre. Originally it refers to the Anglo-Saxon Goddess Eostre, a spring deity as what was mentioned