ANSWERS: 4
  • It comes from the name of an old fertility rite that was celebrated at the spring equinox. The same root as "Estrus."
  • Yes I do. And I appreciate the irony that for years christians have celebrated an event which is named after a pagan goddess. However word meanings do change over time - and we readily accept the new meanings as the actual ones - just look at the word 'gay' - noone would describe another person has being of a gay disposition these days. But, what I also find vaguely ironic is the lack of emphasis placed on Easter by christians. All religions can celebrate the birth of a founder or even the death, but the thing that sets christianity apart from othe religions is the resurrection - that is what makes it different. And yet, it is not celebrated anywhere near as much as christmas. Reminds me of a lyric from a song by christian composer and song writer, John Featherstone: "Funny how amnesia hovers over Easter"
  • It is based on Ishtar, the goddess of fertility. The way that Easter has been brought into the same celebration as the death of Christ is the same way Christmas was absorbed. Thanks to Constantine, and a few others along the way. This is why some christian religions do not celebrate easter, yet they still remember the day that Christ said to remember.
  • It comes from the Yorkshire tradition of making puddings. E' stir that batter with some more umpff, you great numpty.....

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