Even though it is one of the most celebrated holidays of all time, there are some strange myths about Easter. Easter has had its fair share of myths and superstitions associated with it throughout the centuries. While many seem cute and harmless, there are some that are considered to this day as unusual or controversial. Read on to discover some strange myths about Easter.
1 Easter and Ishtar
A commonly known and very strange myth related to Easter – especially popular during the past few years – seems to point out the Middle Eastern Goddess Ishtar as being the source of the Easter Holidays. Historical findings, however, show that Ishtar had very little to do with any rabbits and eggs, and the word Easter seemed to have originated in Germanic languages somewhere around 700 CE – quite far away from Ishtar's domain, both in space and time.
2 The Easter Bunny's Origins
The Easter Bunny is one of the cutest and most loved characters linked to the Easter Holidays. However, his origins are somewhat of a puzzling enigma for anyone from kindergarten teachers to historians. Although the myth “feels” pagan in origin, no one can really link it to either Christian or pagan origins.
3 Where Did Easter Eggs Come from?
Eggs have always played a significant cultural role throughout history. In some cultures, gods were believed to have hatched from eggs, ancient pagans decorating eggs and associating them with spiritual meanings. Even the Roman Empire decorated them symbolically in the 2nd century, and this is the time when it's believed that early Christians picked up the custom, linking it to the Easter Holidays.
4 “Lady Day”
In Britain, Lady Day (March the 25th) has a curious association with the Easter Holidays. It is said that, if Easter Sunday coincides with Lady Day, some type of national misfortune will occur during the next year. The creepy thing about this myth is that, when this happened in the 20th century – in 1910 and 1951 – first Edward VII, then King George VI died soon after. The next “Lady Day” Easter is in 2035. Good luck!
5 Safe to Eat after an Egg Hunt
One of those weird myths about Easter specifically related to Easter eggs states that eggs are safe to eat after an Easter egg hunt. The fact is that hard boiled eggs are only safe to eat at room temperature for up to two hours or so. Anything beyond that time could lead to severe food-borne illnesses, especially when the eggs were left out overnight.
6 Easter Egg Rolls – an American Tradition
Since we've mentioned the famous Easter eggs, it's important to refer to another myth that people have been talking about for hundreds of years, identifying Easter egg rolls as an American tradition. The practice, however, was known well before the famous idea put forth by Dolley Madison in 1814, being practiced in Germany, England and other countries as a symbol of the rock rolling away from Jesus Christ's tomb during His resurrection.
7 Children Born during the Easter Holiday
Finally, one of the more unusual myths about Easter has to do with children born during the Easter Holidays. Any child born on Easter Day is considered to be extremely fortunate, and it is said they will live a long and happy life. However, superstition also says that those born on Good Friday are no more or less than doomed to be unlucky.
These are my top picks for Easter myths this year. Which one do you think is the most interesting? Do you believe there might be any other strange myths I may have overlooked?