Ostara is a festival observed by many different groups. The word Ostara derives from the Old English Eostre for whom (Easter) can be named. It is celebrated on either March 21 or April 20, depending on what tradition you follow. This blog post will give you an overview of when does Ostara happens and how it’s celebrated in some traditions!
This blog post will give you an overview of when does Ostara happens and how it’s celebrated in some traditions!
In the Northern tradition, Ostara is observed on March 21st. This date corresponds with the Vernal Equinox, which happens each year around this time. The equinox marks a shift from winter to summer (or vice versa) as Earth’s axis tilts towards or away from the sun depending on what hemisphere you are located in.
Typically, lots of plants start sprouting at this point—hence why many Pagans observe colors like green and yellow during their celebration of Ostara so they remember to welcome spring back into their lives after its long hibernation over winter months.
The holiday is also often seen as a celebration of fertility and new beginnings. It’s not only when days have longer periods of light, but when animals start the mating season again after winter months where they were less active because it was too cold to go out hunting for food!
In Celtic tradition, Ostara marks the coming springtime in Ireland and Britain, lasting until May Day – which means that this time period can be called “Spring.” Aside from welcoming back warmer weather and flowers blooming everywhere you look, people celebrate by throwing large parties on their lawns with friends. There are usually at least three features that make up these gatherings: an egg hunt (where participants scour around the yard for brightly colored eggs laid by the homeowners), a May Pole (a tall pole with ribbons attached to it, which children dance around while holding the ribbons) and egg tossing.
The name Ostara is based on ancient German words for “East” and “beginning.”
For Christians – this holiday is celebrated as Easter when they remember Jesus Christ’s rising from the dead after being crucified. Eggs are eaten throughout Eastern Christianity during this time period because of their symbolism in Christian beliefs: eggs represent original sin since an egg was used by God to create Eve in Genesis, but also new life through resurrection when Jesus rose again three days later!
A common Easter tradition is to dye eggs and use them for an egg hunt or an egg toss.
In Scotland, the traditional game of “tappen,” where people would throw stones at a large target (usually made out of straw) has been replaced with tawing – throwing colored eggs instead!
Easter usually takes place on Sundays in April or May; not everyone celebrates it during these months though because they may follow religious calendars other than Christian ones. The date can vary by country but will always occur sometime between March 22nd and April 25th when daylight saving time begins after winter ends. It’s celebrated differently depending on which religion you practice: some Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death and Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
People usually celebrate by attending an Easter Mass or going to church, decorating eggs, exchanging candy and chocolates with family members, making mummies out of potatoes for a game called “cabbage ball” (or in Scotland where they traditionally played tappen they now play tawing), having children hunt for colored eggs on their lawns (Easter egg hunts) or participate in other games like an egg toss, coloring pictures about what celebrating Ostara means to them and eating lots of chocolate!
The holiday is named after Eostre from ancient Germanic Paganism but it’s unclear when she was celebrated because we don’t know when spring started being celebrated in the early Christian era.
Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on a different date than when it’s celebrated by Roman Catholics and Protestants because they use a solar calendar instead of the Julian Calendar that other churches use for religious observances like Christmas and Advent (a season leading up to Christmas) which is based on cycles of the moon.
The first recorded reference to Ostara was from Bede in his book “De Temporum Ratione” or about time, written around AD 700 where he said: “The month… Eosturmonath has an equinox at this point as we reckon now, but then they used not to observe any eclipse whatever; so their festival usually came sometime before our September.
The name Ostara is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for spring, (easter) which means “the season of opening.”
Traditionally, after a long winter when food supplies are low and the days start to lengthen, people would slaughter their livestock and eat it all before more grazing was available. This period became known as â€œLentâ€” from an Old English term meaning “to lend or borrow” because they were trading with other communities who had stores leftover from previous harvests; this time also marked preparations for summer planting so there was usually a large celebration at its conclusion.