Spring Equinox: Celebrating Ostara

Dyeing eggs is an Ostara tradition

Happy Ostara!

Ostara is the Pagan holiday that falls on the spring equinox. It’s a time to celebrate the return of the light, the beginning of the growing season and the balance between light and dark.

For children, a lot of Ostara customs look familiar to those used to celebrating Easter. There’s no Easter Bunny, but kids (and adults) celebrate Ostara by dyeing eggs and having egg hunts. Ostara is also a time to plant seeds and set intentions for new beginnings. Children sometimes dress up as bunnies, and make egg crafts like eggshell candles.

It’s no surprise the holiday has some things in common with Easter celebrations: Ostara takes its name from the Germanic goddess Ostara, or Eostar, a goddess of fertility and spring. Her sacred animal is the rabbit, and probably the origin of our modern Easter bunny. According to Starhawk’s Circle Round, Easter took its name from folk celebrations in honor of Ostara.

Ostara is also a time to share the myth of Demeter and Persephone. This story of a mother’s love for her daughter and how it shapes the seasons is fascinating to children and adults. It’s a wonderful story to read aloud to children. If you’re celebrating with a group, you can take on roles and act it out.

Photo: the missiah

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