As somebody with Celtic roots in my veins my favourite time of the year is Easter.
It brings to mind how the Christian church, in order to convert non believers to it's way of thinking, had to relent to the many traditions which have their roots in Paganism.
Briefly, let's think about the christian Marriage Ceremony. The red Carpet. That was to stop any evil spirits from entering the va*ina of the bride to be.
Confetti / Grains of Rice ~ Another pagan ritual that was thrown at bride and groom to ensure fertility.
Fertility is very important in ancient religions, pagan and otherwise.
Marriage Ceremonies ~ Judaism still practices the breaking of the Glass which is wrapped in cloth and put on the ground and stomped on by the Husband. This is to inact the breaking of the Hymen and is still done to this day. I was at a Jewish Orthodox wedding recently where this practice still goes on.
Coming to EASTER ~ The Spring Equinox, we have yet another Pagan Festival that was hijacked by Christianity in order to try and convert the Pagans.
The actual time of Easter is governed by the Moon, hence each year it changes. So this is in itself a pagan practice. Eostre means Bunnies.
She was a Goddess with a great following and her symbol was the Rabbit..
Finally the Sacred Cakes that Pagans baked for centuries, despite the early churches determination to stamp out this 'dreadful' tradition. It could not, so it relented and had the cakes blessed,
Today we have the Hot Cross Buns and the great pagan cake 'Simmel cake' ~ delicious.
Again, Easter is my favourite time of year, it is the Spring, it is lambs being born, new spurts of growth means hope and the ground is fertile. Mother Earth.
I have no problems with the ancient symbols of Paganism and Christiantity which together form an ancient symbolism at Easter time.
Have a lovely Easter everyone. [Not cut and pasted, just off the top of my head as usual]