"Why is Easter called Easter?" he asked in a strong
German accent. He answered his own question and this
was his answer as to why Easter is called Easter:
Many, many years ago in Germany - my old country - people believed in
the Teutonic Goddess of Spring. The name of this
goddess was Eastre and she had the symbol of a bunny and
they celebrated Eastre with bunnies and eggs.
During the same time, religion was making a stronghold
throughout Europe where they commemorated Jesus' death and
resurrection every spring.
Eventually, the Festival of Eastre and the Christian observance
of the Resurrection of Christ were merged, and we got EASTER.
Historians and religious leaders may have conflicting and
different ideas of why it is called Easter, but this was my dear German
grandfather's answer to "why is Easter called Easter?"