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One was the birthday of the sun-god on when they celebrated the death of the winter and the birth of the warm summer that their sun-god had brought.They renamed their sun-god 'Jesus' and continued to celebrate their two great festivals, now as Christian festivals and called them Christmas and Easter.Eostre (or Ostera), the goddess of the spring, gave its name to the Christian holy day.The conception of the egg as a symbol of fertility and of renewed life goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Persians who had also the custom of colouring and eating eggs during the spring festival.As Christianity spread among the people of pagan lands, many of the practices of the winter solstice were blended with those of Christianity". The "The English word 'Easter' corresponding to the German 'Oster' reveals Christianity's indebtedness (! Christianity, when it reached the Teutons, incorporated in its celebration of this great Christian feast day, many of the heathen rites and customs that accompanied their observance of the 'Spring' festival.
And she was with the apostles for many years after the day of Pentecost.
Yet there is no mention anywhere of Jesus' date of birth. Just this - that God deliberately hid the date of Jesus' birth, An understanding of the difference between the old and the new covenants will also enable us to understand why God does not want His children to celebrate any special holy days now.
Under the old covenant, Israel had been commanded to celebrate certain days as specially holy days. Now that we have Christ, the will of God is that every day of our lives be equally holy.
How then did Christmas and Easter make their entry into Christendom?
The answer is: in the same way that infant baptism, priestcraft and a host of other human traditions have made their entry - by the subtle working of Satan.
The Protestant churches also followed the custom of holding sunrise services on Easter morning". The emotionalism of Good Friday and sentimentality of Easter turns the attention of men away from the necessity of following Jesus, and towards empty ritualism. Behind the celebration of Christmas and Easter lies the far more deadly principle of following the traditions of men even when they have no foundation in God's Word.