Many Ghanaians will spend Easter partying, drinking and, in the words of Christianity, “fornicating”! Good for them! This Dionysian approach is perfectly in tune with the origins of the Easter celebrations.

These holidays were traditionally about rebirth and had been celebrated hundreds of years before Christians tried to steal their day as their own.  For the Saxons the day was to honour Eostre, their mother goddess.

As Europeans entered Spring the plants reappeared from the earth and the animals came out of hibernation. The sun appeared to return and the earth started flourishing once more after the severity of winter.

It was customary to give symbols of fertility – eggs and rabbits – and this practice continues today, blending pagan and Christian beliefs. Somehow the true roots of Easter got lost in the transference to Ghana where it became blended with own their traditional beliefs and America’s form of Christianity.

For me, I will neither celebrate the pagan, nor the Christian way nor get caught in the teeming beaches but will spend a quiet day at home and catch up watching some movies.

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