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- At Ostara, the Teutons honored their Goddess of Spring, Eostre with feasting and ritual.

- The Norse honored their Virgin Goddess and celebrated her mating with the young God. Sexual relations were almost obligatory on Ostara Eve, as was a communal meal featuring foods associated with fertility (cake, honey, eggs)

- The Lily was a symbol of life in pagan Greece and Rome, where it adorned Ostara altars and temples. Young men, playing the role of the lusty young God, would present them to the young women they were courting. Accepting the lily meant much the same thing as accepting a diamond ring does now.

- In Cornwall and Wales, Ostara was renamed 'Lady Day' and was the time of the official return of the young Goddess after her winter hibernation. On this day of balance, they believed she was able to meet her youthful God on equal terms, mate with him, and become impregnated with not only the God who will be reborn at Yule, but with the autumn harvest as well.

- In Slavic pagan traditions this was believed to be a day when death had no power over the living, In their tradition, a personification of Death is symbolically killed by throwing him into moving water to drown. Flowers (symbols of life renewed) are tossed in after him and he is sung to as he floats down river. After Death's drowning, brightly painted red eggs were passed around during a procession to the ritual site where the new life of spring was celebrated with food, dance, and strong drink.

- In Mexico and the American Southwest, there is a pagan custom revolving around cascarones. These are eggshells that have been carefully hollowed out, painted, filled with traditional pagan symbols for spring (perfume, confetti, lavender, sage) and then resealed with tape. The object is to take your cascarones out on the morning of Ostara, catch your loved ones by surprise and hit them over the head with an egg. As the insides rain around you, you are blessed with the love, luck, and new life of the season.

- There is an ancient legend in the Ukraine that tells of a demon monster that would devour the world. This monster is chained and as it strains and pulls, the links of its chains are weakened. But every Spring the chain is strengthened in proportion to the number of pysanky (intricately decorated eggs) that were made and exchanged that season. (The word pysanky comes from the root word pysaty (to write) because the signs are written on the surface of the egg in a rich language of symbols almost endless in number and variation.)



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