My definition of Easter would be a superstitious ritual that has no place in modern times. Whats your definition?

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Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on April 4, 2012 at 9:23am

I love the idea of chocolate rabbits and bilbies and eggs usurping the story of a bloke nailed, tortured, on a cross. Eating chocolate is much more fun.

Comment by Unseen on April 4, 2012 at 9:39am

We atheists often subvert the religious holidays to something non-religious. For example, I think the idea of a time of year to reconnect with family through gift-giving is, overall, a good idea. So, yes, I celebrate Xmas (as opposed to Christmas). I don't pay a lot of attention to Easter, though, except that I have grandkids, so colorful cookies, chocolate bunnies, etc., but no catechism.

Comment by Alex on April 4, 2012 at 9:53am
I spend easter trying to convince my family to give me their peeps. When negotiations fail, I will resort to theft. After a brief sugar high, I take a long nap and reevaluate my zombie preparation plan in the event that someone actually rises from the dead.
Comment by Arthur Clark on April 4, 2012 at 5:38pm

I think it is the same as all the other similar holidays.
As an open Atheist people often ask me why i still celebrate Christmas and my answer is always the same, Christianity has a habit of squatting on good things sourrounding and pre-dating it. Mid-winter celebrations long out live christianity. Christmas trees too (they were pagan) and just because i am an atheist does not (contrary to what many religious people will tell you) make me immoral. Why would i not want to spend time with my family, see the joy on their faces when we switch gifts. I go against religion because of the evil it spreads, but there is a lot of good in there too that is not religious but has been adopted by them, we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bath water. Easter, like christmas is no longer a religious holiday, it is (generally) about chocolate and easter egg hunts and time to spend off work with family. Lets get rid of the evil in religion, not the good parts
(Interesting book on the subject: Religion for Atheists: Alain de Botton.[don't be put off by by the title, it is an atheist book!)

Comment by Dane Ecklund on April 5, 2012 at 1:36am

isnt it a wiccan or at least pagan holliday celebrating their god Esther who is the god of fertility in the wiccan religion i think, which is where the bunnies and eggs come from, however my definition is just another excuse to get people to buy stuff they dont need, much like every other hallmark holiday.

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