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2 Easter Myths

Although Easter Sunday is over, Eastertide is just beginning.

Easter for Christians is not just one day, but rather a 50-day period. The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see Acts 2).

While the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection is still fresh in our minds it’s a good time to bust some Easter myths you may have seen circulating online.

* Myth #1: Easter is a pagan holiday. Sorry atheists and grumpy, keep-bunnies-out-of-Easter Christians, but this one’s not true. Christians didn’t rip off Easter from a fertility goddess or hijack the holiday from a bunny cult.

It turns out Christians were celebrating Easter by the second century. It’s not as exciting as the conspiracy theories but it turns out that Easter simply traces back to the miraculous resurrection of the Son of God from the dead.

* Myth #2: Easter celebrates the glorious fact that Jesus didn’t die or go to purgatory. If you haven’t heard this one, the respected news outlet, NPR, fell for it.  Thankfully they ran a retraction: “An earlier version of this post incorrectly described Easter as ‘the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere at all, but rather arose into heaven.'”

Happy Eastertide!

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