A special Tuesday post to wish you all a Happy Ostara and a Happy Spring!
Here’s a small bit about Ostara from this site:
“Ostara is celebrated on the spring equinox around March 21. This feast marks the beginning of the summer half of the year. It is named after the goddess Ostara (Anglo-Saxon Eostre), who was such an integral part of heathen Germanic culture that the Christians…absorbed as their own spring feast which was adapted for the Paschal holiday, and was converted to the Christian Easter. Her name is related to the Germanic words for “east” and “glory”; she was the embodiment of the springtime and the renewal of life.
…The holiday is a celebration the rejuvenation of the Earth, fertility and growth; traditional decorations include budding boughs, flowers, decorated eggs and the Rabbit motif.
Heathen folk customs associated especially with Ostara’s feast include the painting and hunting of Easter eggs, which, according to German tradition, were brought or laid by the ‘Easter Hare’ (the earliest form of the slightly diminished American ‘Easter Bunny’). The Hare was the holy beast of Ostara, slain and eaten only at her blessing.
Today, Ostara is seen as the feast to awakening the Earth, the gods and goddesses, and the human soul. Life becomes brighter and more joyful after the Ostara feast has been rightly held.”
I hope you have a lovely day today! Don’t forget to take a peak at some things that are inspiring me for Spring this year!
How will you be celebrating Spring/Ostara?