The Spirit of Spring
Easter: The Vestigial Pagan Ritual of Fertility
The Ancient Root Meaning of "Easter"
Vertumnalia: August 23rd
This festival was held to honour Vertumnus.
Vertumnus is the Ancient Roman god of orchards, the seasons, the changing of the seasons, the transformation of flowers into fruits, and fertility. He is a consort of Pomona. Fruit offerings to Vertumnus were left in the hands of his statue, which was decorated with garlands.