That’s what English pagans must have said when their customary springtime festival in honour of the Goddess Eostre was swept aside by a new craze from the continent, and forcibly replaced by the new-fangled “Easter”.
This still rankles today with us pesky English non-Christians, so secretly we have been lobbying big manufacturers to remove “Easter” from their seasonal egg-and bunny-shaped goodies.
Chocolate is so central to the Christian faith that this will undermine it completely, and then we can reclaim the name for its proper use to describe a period of greed, overindulgence and unnecessary consumption, filling that awkward spending gap between the solstices.
J Robin Hughes
Towngate Road, Worrall, Sheffield, S35