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Ēostre or Ostara ( Ēastre, Northumbrian dialect ''Ēostre''; *Ôstara) is a Germanic divinity who, by way of the Germanic month bearing her name (Northumbrian: ''Ēosturmōnaþ''; West Saxon: ''Ēastermōnaþ''; Old High German: ''Ôstarmânoth''), is the namesake of the festival of Easter. Ēostre is attested solely by Bede in his 8th-century work '' The Reckoning of Time'', where Bede states that during ''Ēosturmōnaþ'' (the equivalent of April), pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Eostre's honor, but that this tradition had died out by his time, replaced by the Christian Paschal month, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.

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