There are many things to consider when looking at holidays that have both Christian and pagan traditions. As we come up on Easter it is good to be informed so that we can choose which aspects of the holiday we desire to celebrate and which we do not. James 4:17 says that is it s sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. That idea applies as well to our choices in how and what we celebrate.
Over the centuries the time period that we use to celebrate Easter has had overlapping holy days. The first of the holy days to be established during this time is Passover. This holiday, though I am unaware of the exact date of it, began when God rescued the nation od Israel from the Egyptians. The holiday was set up by God to commemorate His amazing rescue so that His people would always remember. Passover is still celebrated during this time of the year. There are still aspects of Passover though that can be found in our Easter traditions as well. First of all to symbolize the burnt offerings a roasted egg is used on the Seder plate. Also, during the Passover meal there is a hide-and-seek game that is played similar, though not exactly, like our hiding of Easter eggs. Jesus also celebrated Passover on the eve of His betrayal probably using the broken and dessert bread and the symbolic cup of grace to perform the very fist communion. The symbolism of Passover, or the reason for the symbolism of Passover is because God knew it would be the night the Christ would be the Savior of the world. His body became the broken bread of Passover. His blood became the one true cup of grace.
Between the beginning of Passover and the death of Christ and the subsequent celebration of His death, burial and resurrection Satan was able to create a counterfeit holiday. Though the time for the beginning of this celebration I do not know it was a holiday not brought about by God and so we can know that everything associated with it is an attempt to destroy what God desired to make holy.
The month of April became the time to worship the German goddess named Eostre. She is said to be the goddess of springtime whose symbol is that of a rabbit. Her name is where we get the name for our Easter she is also where our idea of the Easter bunny comes from. Because this holiday was already established by Gentile people before the early church was able to come and teach them about Christ it became a convenient cover for those that did convert to cover up their celebrations of Christ. Slowly therefore the celebration of Eostre became, to those who believed, the celebration of Easter.
It is wise for Christians to take into account all of the traditions of the season, those that I have introduced and others that I have not, to make an individual choice how to celebrate the festive holiday that is right on our heels. Romans 12:2 tells us not to copy the behavior and customs of this world but to be renewed and redeemed, by God all the way through us. May God redeem even your Easter holiday this season with His cup of grace and broken body.