Are you a chreaster? You are probably wondering what is that? I do not know if you are religious or not, but if you live in the United States, you probably attend, at minimum, two church services a year—Christmas and Easter. Urbandictionary.com defines “chreaster” as “One that attends church only for Christmas and Easter.”
If you are a chreaster, (it’s ok to admit it), or religious, you may want to be aware that one of your obligatory holidays, Easter, is just around the corner. Obviously, whether you are religious or not, religions and their texts, specifically the Bible, have made profound impacts in American ideology. However, Easter, has become highly secularized—meaning religiosity has been pulled from the traditions. Where does religion lie within Easter? In coloring chicken eggs or with cute bunnies? Bunnies do not even lay eggs. How does a holiday about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alter into an emphasis of sugary peeps and egg hunts? Religion should lie at the roots of the Easter story.
In fact, shouldn’t the Bible tell all about Easter?
Having a religious background, my main question is why? Why does the Easter bunny exist? Why does he bring candy and lay eggs for children? None of these ideas originate in the literature—the biblical text! According to academia, some of these traditions are rooted in pagan ancestry and are representative of fertility concepts as well as the welcoming of spring. So what is the origin of the word “Easter”? Why have many traditions, such as bunnies and eggs, evolved?
What does the Bible—the most popular book in the world—say about Easter? There is a whole fascinating debate about the origin of Easter and its significance with pagan concepts. What do you know about this religious holiday? Do you know the true origin of the word, “Easter” or anything about the Passover (the Passover is figurative of Jesus’ death) from the Hebrew Bible? The Bible is a unique piece of literature that arouses all sorts of questions, especially around Easter.
If you want to learn more, please check out these insightful readings:
This article reveals a deeply critical and analytical reflection of the origins of Easter: The True Origin of Easter
This article examines the pagan roots associated with Easter: Is the Name “Easter” of Pagan Origin?