|"FYI, I'm the God of EVERYTHING! Sorry, Ishtar!"|
"I've been presenting a lot of theologizing and philosophizing lately, and as much as Easter probably deserves a theological post on the resurrection, I'm going to stick with a fun historical fact instead, something I just recently learned. Much like the misconception that Christmas was celebrated on December 25th because it was originally the pagan festival of Saturnalia (when, in fact, Christmas is exactly nine months after March 25th, the ancient traditional date of Christ's conception), there's a trend of non-Christians coming down hard on Easter because of its supposed pagan roots, mostly due to its name, associated with Ishtar, goddess of fertility. There are some Christians who even call it Resurrection Day.
What many don't know is that all non-English speaking cultures have a Jewish and/or biblicaly themed name for the day. That's an important clue. Spanish, for example, calls the day (and week) Pascua. Other romance languages have words that are similar, based on the Latin word Pascha, which means Passover. This makes sense, especially since for the first 100 years or so of the Christian Church believers celebrated the Passover along with the Jews, replacing the slaughtered lamb with the bread and wine of Communion.