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Pagan Easter Breakfast, and the origin of Easter things

By Jason Mankey

For the last ten years* or so my wife and I have hosted what we fondly call “Pagan Easter Breakfast.” Pagan Easter Breakfast (or PEB) is exactly what it sounds like, it’s breakfast on Easter by and for Pagans. I’ve had a few Pagans accuse me of having a “secret Christian agenda” for hosting such a thing, at the same time some Christians have accused me of belittling their beliefs by serving hash-brown casserole so close to the Jewish Passover. “Easter” stirs up a lot of emotions on both sides of the religious divide, and deservedly so, but I’ve never understood why I can’t have my Marshmallow Peeps and eat them too.

Christians would have you believe that Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead, and to a large extent, that’s certainly true, but Easter is about more than that. In many ways Easter is a traditional pagan holiday, celebrating Spring and the renewal of life. Since Beltane and the Spring Equinox are not generally celebrated by our society as a whole, Easter fills the void of “secular Spring holiday.” I think we all know that eggs, plastic grass, and chocolate bunnies have nothing to do with Jesus, and everything to do with the ideas of renewal and fertility (along with crass commercial marketing, but I digress).

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