Hi, hello, everyone! How was your Holy Week celebration? Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate and happy long weekend to the others. Remember to always practice safety precautions and comply with health protocols.
Fellas, especially Indonesians, have you ever wondered why the word Easter is translated to Paskah in Indonesian language?
After doing some readings, I found out the word ‘Paskah’ used in Indonesian language came from Latin and Greek ‘Pascha,’ a word derived from Aramaic ‘Paskha,’ which came from Hebrew ‘Pesach.’
This word is used to refer to what is known in English as Passover, a commemoration of Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt. Around the 1st century, the word was applied to Christianity. To this day, save for Germanic languages, such as English, the word Pascha is still commonly used.
So, what about the English version, Easter?
Easter, as well as other words from the same origin, such as Dutch ‘ooster’ and German ‘Ostern,’ referred to an Old English word ‘Ēosturmōnaþ’ or the month of Goddess Ēostre, a West Germanic spring goddess.
Feasts used to be held during April, believed to the first month of spring, in honour of the spring goddess, but this tradition died down by the 8th century, and replaced by Christian Paschal month.
I hope this answers your question. Have a safe celebration tomorrow and take care.