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Old 04-07-2020, 09:15 AM
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Christian holidays are often intentionally or unintentionally on dates connected with pagan holidays. For example, Christmas is near the winter solstice and the Roman holiday Saturnalia, and All Saints day (actually, the eve of that feast, called All Hallows Eve, or Halloween) is near Samhain. The early Church was pragmatic, choosing feast day dates to supplant festivals that new Christians might find hard to give up. Except, they didnít give up some of the pagan customs that everyone enjoyed. Hence the Christmas tree and trick or treating.

In the case of Easter, the time of year of the event was known...it is connected with Passover, which is why the date of Easter differs from year to year on a lunar cycle, similar to Passover. This is different than Christmas. Nobody knows which date is actually Jesusí birthday, so the date for Christmas was arbitrary.

It happens that many European (and other) cultures had springtime customary celebrations, though, which is where bunnies and eggs and baskets come in.
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