Easter Myth: The Easter Bunny
The Easter bunny is often considered a part of Easter because of the notable ability of bunnies to proliferate. However, there are roots back to the actual name of Easter. A goddess of fertility, Eostre (who may have been one of the inspirations for the name Easter), is said to have been accompanied by a hare, although many sources debate this connection. The tradition of the bunny was brought to the U.S. by German settlers to Pennsylvania. But the bunnies might not have as much to do with Easter as some people believe, here’s how bunnies really became associated with Easter.
Easter Myth: The Name “Easter”
Some Easter traditions connect this name with Ishtar, the Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of love and fertility, or Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. Doubtless, the Christian holiday was modeled after pagan celebrations of spring and fertility. However, its traditions also closely mimic Passover, and the last supper is believed by some to be a Passover Seder. European names still use this root for what they call Easter; in Spanish it is Pasqua, the French call it Paques, and the Italian name is Pasqua.
Easter Myth: It’s important, but not as important as Christmas
In terms of preparation, marketing, and pop culture, it’s undeniable that Christmas is a way bigger deal than Easter. (While you can probably rattle off five to ten Christmas movie titles, how many Easter movies can you name?) This might lead you to think that Christmas is far and away the most important Christian holiday. But despite Christmas’s overwhelming domination of the holiday market, Easter is actually far more important in terms of its spiritual meaning. While the birth of Christ is obviously very important, it’s his eventual resurrection on Easter Sunday that provides the basis of the Christian faith. If that’s new info to you, check out these other facts you didn’t know about Good Friday.