Easter Non- Christian

This festival adopts its name from pre- Christian goddess symbol of rebirth, fertility and Spring: the Saxon Eostre . In the 8th century, the ancient Saxons in Northern Europe already worshiped the goddess Eostre at the time of the Spring Equinox.

Egyptians and Greeks were also known to place eggs at graves especially, probably as a charm of rebirth.

The tradition of the Easter hare that brings eggs is one non-Christian spring festival custom which is still practiced within the context of Easter. This custom originally involved the ancient symbols of the hare and the egg, both known as signs of the return of life after Winter’s sleep. The hare is an independent and somewhat homeless animal, one that lives from plats alone, and never seeks conflict with other animals. The eggs symbolize renewal of life, and the egg shape can represent both the form of the earth and the solar system. Also, when we exchange Easter eggs as gifts we are re enacting an ancient wisdom that which appears to be still and dead, in fact contains new life breaking through a shell.

For the small children, who are still connected with everything through their sense experiences, it is important for us to guide them with our deeds and gestures, without explanations. This will be a good foundation through which the children will gradually be able to grasp and understand the connections with the spiritual realms.

Young children do not need to learn about the facts of Easter, but we can bring the essence of this festival that falls at the beginning of spring, and it signifies the rebirth of new life. The seed children have been sleeping, and now are awaking  to the arriving spring. This in itself is a reason to celebrate.

 

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