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Reader input: Easter is actually a pagan celebration

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In response to the recent comments made regarding “Folsom City leaders insulting Christian traditions” as written by JC Balint in the April 10 edition of the Telegraph, I would like to make some of my own comments.

The letter writer said that he was “ashamed and angry” regarding the name of the annual Easter egg hunt being changed to an “Eggstravaganza.” I have no problem with that. My problem is one much deeper, and I believe much more meaningful. It’s the use of the word “Easter” itself. Most people don’t know that the word Easter comes directly from paganism. It is taken from the name of the pagan goddess of fertility, the supposed wife of Baal, himself.

Her name was said to be Estarte/Ishtar, meaning, “The ancient Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love, fertility and war” according to Webster’s Dictionary.

The name was brought into the early Roman church in order to placate the pagans, and it has become “an insulting part of the Christian tradition” on through the ages. That is where we get all the bunny rabbits, chickens and “Easter eggs.”

Never do you even see an “Easter” card without those pagan symbols of fertility/springtime. They have absolutely nothing to do with the actual resurrection of Jesus Christ or even with Christianity. Even the definition of Easter in the dictionary states, “The word Easter, although the name of a Christian festival, had its origins in pagan times. Estarte or Eostre, the old English spelling was originally the name of a pagan goddess who was worshipped at a festival of the spring equinox…which is celebrated the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or after March 21st.” That is not even the actual time of the Resurrection!

There are many people today, who have egg hunts, dye eggs, give bunnies to their children and send Easter cards who have no idea what they are really celebrating. They know nothing about Christianity or the resurrection, nor do they have any idea of “Easter’s” pagan origins.

To them, it is just a spring festival, a time for fun. That too is much like Christmas today. All they know about is Santa Claus and presents.

Just as Jesus said in Scripture, “You have nullified the Word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.” (Mark 7:13).

ORRIE SNYDER, Folsom