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5 April 2010

Monday's Word - Easter

 I hope you all had a lovely Easter.  Did you know that Easter originates from a Pagan festival though?  These are some accounts of the holiday's origins:

The name Easter actually comes from Eostre, an ancient Anglo-Saxon goddess, originally of the dawn. In pagan times an annual spring festival was held in her honor
"In primitive agricultural societies natural phenomena, such as rainfall, the fecundity of the earth, and the regeneration of nature were frequently personified. One of the most important pagan myths was the search of the earth goddess for her lost (or dead) child or lover (e.g., Isis and Osiris, Ishtar and Tammuz, Demeter and Persephone). This myth, symbolizing the birth, death, and reappearance of vegetation, when acted out in a sacred drama, was the fertility rite par excellence."(The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001)

The Truth On Easter
"The name of a feast, according to the Venerable Bede, comes from Eostre, A Teutonic goddess whose festival was celebrated in the spring. The name was given to the Christian festival in celebration of the resurrected Eostre, it was who, according to the legend, opened portals of Valhalla to recieve Baldur, called the white god because of his purity and also the sun god because his brow supplied light to mankind. It was Baldur who, after he had been murdered by Utgard Loki, the enemy of goodness and truth, spent half the year in Valhalla and the other half with the pale goddess of the lower regions. As the festival of Eostre was a celebration of the renewal of life in the spring it was easy to make it a celebration of the resurrection from the dead of Jesus. There is no doubt that the church in its early days adopted the old pagan customs and gave a Christian meaning to them." 

So, like Christmas the early Christians adapted the pagan Festival of Eostre and it became our Easter.  So, technically we should refer to Easter Sunday, as 'Resurrection Sunday' as this would be a truer name for what we are celebrating.
Anyway, as I said at the beginning I hope you had a good Easter or Resurrection Sunday, and I wish you a beautiful spring.

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As we celebrate the risen Lord, on this Easter Sunday, there are signs that spring is really here.

Little Lambs in the fields and daffodils and primroses springing up everywhere...

The little pot of daffodils our Pastor gave to each of the ladies of the congregation for Mothers Day have bloomed on my kitchen windowsill in plenty of time for Easter...
I baked a chocolate fudge cake

and am looking forward to eating an Easter egg or two!

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Thursday again, don't they come around quickly.  Time flies, we're over a quarter of the way through the year already!

It's been a long winter in the UK. The weather hasn't been too extreme in the area where I live, but it's been chilly and more like February than April - until last week when spring suddenly arrived.  

The sun came out and it was really pleasant outdoors.(The first two pictures are of the track down to the bridleway, one taken in December and the other last weekend - quite a contrast!)

The daffodils and crocuses decided it was safe to show their flowery faces without being soaked with rain or blown to pieces, the birds are building their nests and soon it will be warm enough to take the horses' rugs off. 

 I love this time of year, the spring flowers are so fresh and colourful and the hedgerows are beginning to turn green  again and nature is bursting with  new life.

It's quite hard to stay indoors when it's so nice outside, soon it will be warm enough for me to take my laptop into the garden so then I'll have no excuse for not working on the third book in the Starquest series which I seem to have been mulling over for ever.  A little more about that next time.

I'll leave you with a question.  What is your favourite season?  Do you like the cold beauty of a snowy winter, the gold and red of autumn glory, the richness and warmth of summer, or like me the freshness and newness of spring?

PS Don't forget to join me and the other hostesses with our special guest, who just happens to be our sister hostess, P L Parker,  tomorrow on the Author Roast and Toast.

'STARQUEST'    'CHILDREN OF THE MIST'  (The sequel to Starquest)  Dancing With Fate      'Freeread'
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