Happy Easter! Maybe today is one of religious celebration for you. Alternatively, you may be gorging on chocolate eggs. Both are fine (we only judge people based on their grammar). But have you ever wondered where the word \u201cEaster\u201d comes from? Let us explain its etymology!\r\nWhere Does Easter Come From?\r\nIf you grew up in the USA, you should know that Easter has something to do with Jesus. In particular, the holiday we know today is rooted in a celebration of Jesus\u2019 resurrection. But the word \u201cEaster\u201d itself has much older roots, predating Christianity entirely!\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_12564" align="alignright" width="272"] \u0112ostre making an entrance.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nMost scholars think we get the word \u201cEaster\u201d from \u0112ostre, a pagan goddess of spring and fertility. In fact, she even gave her name to \u0112osturm\u014dna\u00fe, which is what the Anglo Saxons called the month of April. And while we may have forgotten \u0112ostre herself, we still celebrate Easter in April!\r\n\r\nThe pagan festivals associated with \u0112ostre were absorbed into Easter when Christianity spread to England. This may be why we still associate Easter with symbols of spring and fertility, such as eggs and rabbits, rather than just with Christian symbols and icons.\r\n\r\nWe also see the influence of \u0112ostre in languages like German, where \u201cEaster\u201d is Ostern. But most languages refer to Easter using a word derived from the Latin term Pascha. This originally denoted the Jewish festival of Passover, but it was later applied to the resurrection of Jesus.\r\nWhat Is an \u201cEaster Egg\u201d?\r\nWe\u2019ve mentioned chocolate eggs above, as well as eggs as a symbol of fertility. But nowadays, you can also find \u201cEaster eggs\u201d in video games, in films, and on websites, among other places.\r\n\r\nThese \u201cEaster eggs\u201d are not made of chocolate. Nor could you hatch them. Rather, this is a term for a hidden feature or message of some kind. We call a hidden feature an \u201cEaster egg\u201d because you have to search for it, like the prizes that adults hide for kids in an egg hunt at Easter.\r\n\r\nAnd while the idea of a hidden \u201cEaster egg\u201d does not stretch back to Anglo-Saxon times, it is older than you might think! The first \u201cEaster egg\u201d was created in 1979, when programmer Warren Robinett inserted his name into the Atari game Adventure.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_12562" align="aligncenter" width="437"] Video games have come a long way since.(Photo: Scott Canoni)[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSo maybe one day we\u2019ll forget the origin of Easter and think it\u2019s a celebration of hidden features on DVD submenus. But until then, whether you\u2019re Christian, Pagan, or even a computer programmer from the 1970s, we\u2019d like to wish you all a very happy Easter Sunday.