New Testament

Gospels and Acts of the Apostles

Why is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection known as Easter?

The name Easter was derived from the name of a Saxon goddess, Eostre, who was associated with fertility and springtime. As to why the church chose the name Easter, and not, say, Jesus’ Resurrection Day, is not clear. Typically, Easter is celebrated with joyous music, prayer, and liturgy.


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