==Origins of Easter==
While there is no universal agreement, the term Easter may derive from the goddess
Eostar, who is the goddess of spring and often associated with fertility. Traditionally, the spring equinox, when darkness and day are the same amount of time, was seen as a holy period that signified the coming time of plenty and the agricultural cycle. It is possible the goddess may connect to the ancient Near East, where the goddess Ishtar also had associations with fertility and was celebrated at about the same time as her significant holiday .