Ya know what. I knew that. So go ahead a celibate the Winter Solstice while more of us celebrate Christ Mass!<quoted text>
The 25th of December was a "holiday" for thousands of years. It is the first day the sun moves perceivably north in the horizon signifying longer days. Ending the winter solstice. It was the indication that winter would be over soon and rebirth was coming.
The Bible says Jesus was born around April.
Horus (c. 3000 BCE)
Osiris (c. 3000 BCE)
Attis of Phrygia (c.1400 BCE)
Krishna (c. 1400 BCE)
Zoroaster/Zarathustra (c. 1000 BCE)
Mithra of Persia (c. 600 BCE)
Heracles (c. 800 BCE)
Dionysus (c. 186 BCE)
Tammuz (c. 400 BCE)
Adonis (c. 200 BCE)
All born Dec. 25th.
Incidentally, Easter has zero to do with religion as well.
Why do you think they are never on the same days? These "holidays" are celebrations of astronomical events.
In the case of Easter it is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal equinox.(Vernal equinox is the sunlight overtaking darkness on the Earth 51% to 49%...No one screams fraud!)
So, the holiday was founded on a moon calendar. Moon cycles are 29.5 days long. Solar are 364.2. The input doesn't divide properly. Hence the changing dates.
So, why the first SUNday AFTER the full moon AFTER the equinox?
Because the day was a celebration of the SUN. And you may think early astronomers were primitive, but they weren't stupid. It was a crowd control issue.
You needed to wait for a full moon to eliminate the possibility of an effing ECLIPSE durring my SUN GOD festival!
Which only happen during new moons.
NONE of this...explains the Easter Bunny.
The search continues.
The truth is out there...
By the way, when has there ever been a solar eclipse visible from Earth on either the Winter or Summer Solstices?
For those of you who do knot no, Solar Eclipse, visible here on Earth, usually happen close to the Spring and Gall Equinoxes. We here in the Northern Hemisphere are most likely to see them just prior to the Spring or after the Fall Equinoxes. But the closer we get to the Winter Solstice, much less likely and the closer we get to our Summer Solstice, almost impossible.