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What is the origin of Easter?

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2012-08-10 23:20:27
2012-08-10 23:20:27

Easter is now a Christian and Catholic celebration of the of Jesus Christ's resurrection.

But the roots and origins of Easter comes from the Pagan religion. Easter was named after the fertility Goddess' Eostre or Ostara.

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