For many, Easter has become muddled with the mythical Easter Bunny and pastel-colored eggs -- symbols of fertility and rebirth some believe stem from pagan beliefs. For people not concerned with the materialistic symbols and more interested in the true meaning of the Christian holiday, “Resurrection Day” makes sense.
The most important holiday of the year for Christians, Easter Sunday marks the day Jesus Christ rose to heaven three days after his death by crucifixion. The Bible teaches that Jesus sacrificed his life for his followers.
Some wonder whether Easter is actually a pagan holiday, especially since the name “Easter” sounds ironically close to Eostre, wthe name of a Northern European fertility goddess whose symbol was a rabbit. There’s also the story of Ishtar the Babylonian, East Semitic Akkadian and Assyrian goddess of sex, war, fertility and love. Ishtar, also known as Inanna, was hung naked at the stake and revived before she rose from the underworld. Sound familiar?
Here's what some Twitter users who observe Easter as a Christian holiday had to say:
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— McJagurOnYouHxes! (@IamRahtyRose) April 20, 2014
Happy RESURRECTION day! It's not about the bunnies & eggs, but Christ, who showed unconditional love by dying on the cross for us
— Dimple (@Love_ShaeJ) April 20, 2014
Some wished peace for others.
Happy Resurrection Day! Thanks to the big homie for rising again and saving our souls! All glory to the most high! ❤️
— Kieran Yancy (@kyancy3) April 20, 2014
Happy Resurrection Day. May you find peace, love, and happiness in your heart and may it nourish your surroundings. ✌️
— (@chelbrea) April 20, 2014
But not everyone took the holiday seriously. A few shared a couple of jokes on the social media site this Sunday.
Be careful today. Happy Resurrection Day. #420 pic.twitter.com/708vC3hdo3
— X (@AkShun_X) April 20, 2014
And on that note, Happy Resurrection Day! pic.twitter.com/VjNENAfSDP
— BeerInBaltimore.com (@BeerInBaltimore) April 20, 2014
Happy Resurrection Day! pic.twitter.com/9pPddztxc5
— Katy Perry Updates (@KatySlaysUrFav) April 20, 2014
Aside from HRD, He has risen was another popular trend on Sunday.
— Linda Marie Lovison (@lilo623) April 20, 2014
— Awilda Prignano (@LaBoricuaGurl) April 20, 2014
A lot can happen in three days pic.twitter.com/rRCHdXe0Zf
— Strong Men of God (@1Tim6_11Men) April 20, 2014
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