Is Easter a Christian holiday?
Easter for centuries has been a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and is in most places a uniquely Christian holiday. The date of the celebration of Easter is related to the Jewish calendar date of Passover, because Jesus was crucified just before Passover. Information has been published about pagan roots of the symbols, date and even the name “Easter,” but this information is not necessarily true or reliable and the church has Christian meanings for many, if not all of those symbols. Just as the cross, which was a symbol of torture and execution to much of the Roman world, has become instead a symbol of life and redemption to Christians, so many of the reportedly pagan symbols of Easter have real Christian meaning in most churches. Just because something has a non-Christian meaning or even root (like a cross or perhaps a fish) does not make it necessarily unacceptable to God or Christians. Some believers and churches reject all such symbols. At least one religious group rejects