The ritual of Ostara has gained TikTok spotlight thanks to many users celebrating and sharing videos about it.
The social media platform is a popular place for the latest trends, viral videos and national holidays.
One of the latest one to earn spotlight on the site is the famous spring festival of Ostara.
So what does its name mean? Here’s what you need to know about the Pagans’ ritual as they prepare to celebrate spring’s arrival.
What does Ostara mean?
Ostara is a spring festival which celebrates and honours the goddess of the dawn Eostre and the spring equinox.
Eostre comes from the word East, which is where the Sun rises from. Eostre represents the arrival of spring and longer days.
Ostara is a wiccan holiday and one of their eight Sabbats and marks the beginning of the agricultural cycle when farmers would start planting seeds.
Similar to other cultures, the festival represents renewal, new beginnings and hope for better days.
Ritual earns TikTok spotlight
If you head over to TikTok and search for Ostara, you will come across many videos from users who have shared how they had set up their homes to welcome spring.
Some advise people to do spring cleaning and house decluttering in order to make space for something new.
Others have shared creative tips about putting Ostara altars together.
We found this useful TikTok video in which a social media user explains how to mark the period depending on your energy levels.
How to celebrate it
If you are celebrating Ostara, here are some ways how to mark the ritual:
- Decorate an Ostara altar using flowers, eggs and representations of rabbits and birds
- Go on a nature walk with family or friends
- Plant seeds in your garden or plant pots
- Make egg-based dishes and desserts
- Take some time to meditate or journal and think about your short and long term goals you want to achieve
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