is one of the eight solar holidays or sabbatss
. It is celebrated on the spring equinox
, in the northern hemisphere circa March 21
and in the southern hemisphere circa September 21
. The name may refer to an ancient Germanic goddess named Eostre
; this name was used in English
when the equinox was adapted for the Paschal holiday, and was converted to Easter
, in German Ostern
The holiday is a celebration of spring and growth; traditional decorations include budding boughs, flowers, and decorated eggs.
Among the sabbats, it is preceded by Imbolc and followed by Beltane.
See also Wheel of the Year.