Love Ostara/Easter

Hey, tomorrow is the spring equinox! :D
We’ve been having some warm weather this past week, but calling it spring would be an exaggeration. There’s still plenty of snow on the ground and the winds are freezing.

I love all holidays, but my two favourites are Samhain (Halloween) and Ostara (or Easter, I’m not fussy). Samhain because it’s in the fall, my favourite season, and it’s full of darkness and ghosts and lit candles. Ostara because it’s bright and colourful and has cute bunnies and chickens. And both holidays are also full of witches!
Or it is here anyway.
We didn’t do trick-or-treating during Halloween when I was a kid (truth is we didn’t even do Halloween back then), instead it was tradition to go around begging for candy during Easter dressed up as an Easter witch. Here’s an article about that tradition.

Imaginary Karin - me as an easter witch 1985
Me dressed up as an easter witch, in 1985

My birthday is also just around the corner, and having spent all my life celebrating around Easter means that theme was usually incorporated somehow. Like, I would always get tulips and/or daffodils rather than roses. For the birthday party the house would always be full of Easter decorations (I think I inherited my love of decorating from my mum, she takes holiday decorations very seriously. You should see her house around Christmas…) and I would usually get at least some Easter-themed gifts, like a stuffed bunny or a t-shirt with chickens or something.
You’d think I would end up hating Easter because of that, but I embrace it. Actually I love it! :D

Now that the Easter decorations are popping up in the stores I have to constrain myself from buying just about everything. I already have enough decorations, and our apartment isn’t that big… One can only house a certain number of brightly coloured porcelain chickens.

Imaginary Karin - easter 2012

Imaginary Karin - easter 2012
My collection of Portugese Good Luck Roosters

Some of my favourites decorations doesn’t really have anything to do with Easter though and that is the Portugese Good Luck rooster. I got one from somewhere and thought it looked both goofy and kinda cool, so I used it as an Easter decoration. Over the years I found a few more, usually in thrift stores or at yard sales, so I started a mini collection.
I thought they really were Easter decorations until about a year ago when I, by sheer coincidence, stumbled upon some information about the “Galo de Barcelos”. Apparently it’s a Portugese symbol of faith, good luck, justice and hope. :)

Imaginary Karin - easter 2012

What about you? Most people love spring, but do you celebrate it in any way?
And what is your favourite season and/or holiday? I love hearing about other peoples traditions :)

Comments

  1. 19 March 2012

    I love Ostara as well!!! :yay: My favorite holidays are Samhain (my main favorite!), Ostara, Beltane and Yule. I love Spring, as itself, too. ♥ No holidays required. ^_^

  2. 20 March 2012

    Jag gillar också Halloween men min favorithögtid är julen. Synd att inte Halloween firades när vi var barn. Jag hade älskat det. Kommer ihåg första gången jag såg Halloweensaker i butiker. Jag var sexton och hade precis flyttat till Västerås. På Åhlens sålde de vitt halloweensmink som jag som den tonårsgot med kass sminkning förtjust inhandlade och sedan dagligen använde för att uppnå den där “elegant vampyr från 1700-talet-looken”. Jag misslyckades såklart fatalt.

    Roligt att du pyntar så mycket. Gillar de matchande tupparna i olika storlekar. Jag ska nog bara hänga upp min fina häxa i rosa kläder, i mitt rosa kök.

  3. 20 March 2012

    This is why I love the internet, and having friends around the world: learning about all the fascinating cultures and different celebrations. You made an adorable little Easter witch!

    I don’t really have any spring traditions, aside from decorating with rabbits and pastels and some colored eggs. (And maybe indulging in more chocolate than I should! ;) ) I’d like to start creating new traditions for myself, but I haven’t figured out just what, yet.

  4. 20 March 2012

    I love holidays! Halloween and Easter are my favorites as well, partly because autumn and spring are my favorite seasons.

    I try to decorate for every holiday. For Easter, I use flowers, bright colors, and lots of bunnies! :D Easter is also the time when stores around here sell Cadbury Mini Eggs, delicious chocolate eggs covered in candy shells! I pig out on those all through spring. :P

  5. 20 March 2012

    You’re so cute as an Easter witch! We never did that here. I love any holiday where I get candy and chocolate. Easter is nice because the weather is usually starting to get warm. Spring always makes me happy because it means I survived another long cold winter. I don’t have any Easter decorations. I think the only decorations I have are for Christmas! We’ve been moving around a lot in the last few years so I try not to accumulate a whole lot of stuff that I will have to either throw out or pack to bring with us.

  6. 21 March 2012

    You look so cute in that photo! I like roses, but I think they’re too common. I think it’s cool that you get tulips and daffodils instead XD And, I didn’t know about Easter witches or the Portugese Good Luck roosters! I thought it was fun to read about them. I love how the roosters look, especially the colors and how they have heart symbols on them :)

    I love spring because it starts getting warmer. It’s hot most of the year where I live, so when it gets cold, I don’t feel prepared, lol. Though, my favorite holidays are in the winter time because that’s when I usually spend more time with family and friends.

  7. 22 March 2012

    Your Halloween outfit is on point, girl. A+
    I would probably tone down on the blush next time, though. XD