They celebrate Easter the exact same way we do: commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus by telling our children a giant bunny rabbit… left chocolate eggs in the night. Now, I wonder why we’re fucked up as a race. Anybody got any idea? You know, I’ve read the Bible. I can’t find the word “bunny” or “chocolate” anywhere in the fucking book. Where do they come up with this shit? Why not goldfish left Lincoln logs in your sock drawer? As long as you’re making shit up, you know, go hog-wild. At least the goldfish with a Lincoln log on its back going across your carpet has some miraculous connotations.
“Mummy, I woke up today and there was a Lincoln log in me sock drawer.”
“That’s the story of Jesus son!”
The words of the wonderful Bill Hicks there. He’s got a good point, why do we have a rabbit handing out eggs on a Christian festival when no such thing is mentioned in the bible? Like so many things it’s a mish-mash of different beliefs. Wikipedia has the following to say on the matter.
In English, the etymology of the word “Easter” comes from an ancient pagan goddess of the spring named Eostre, related to German Ostara. According to popular folklore, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became the modern Easter Bunny.
The Old English term Eastre ultimately derives from ēast – meaning the direction of east. This suggests it originally referred to a goddess associated with dawn. Corresponding traditions occur with the Roman goddess Aurora and the Greek goddess Eos. Whether the derivation is from a Goddess of “Spring”, or of “Dawn”, is to some degree a moot point, when the term is examined in its use in far northern climes, since there the two concepts are somewhat cognate — the return of Spring is indeed the return of dawn after a long hiatius; and the return of the sun each day after is merely a mini-version of the same event, the dismissal of darkness and resurrection of life and warmth. The extent to which this agreement occurs declines toward the equator, and is gone before reaching the tropics.
There you go. Easter – a pagan festival celebrating fertility. Bet you wont find that in the bible either.