Can non-Christians celebrate Easter?

I thought this would be an interesting topic for discussion...the comment came up in another topic, and figured it was pretty valid--particularly since I am one of the non-Christians that includes the "accessories" from what are seen as "Christian" holidays in our families celebration, and I didn't want to take up the other posters questions answering it.

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thalassa

Asked by thalassa at 11:38 AM on Oct. 29, 2008 in Holidays

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  • I'm a Christian and celebrate Halloween for the dressing-up-and-getting-candy part of it. I don't worship the devil on that day or practice black magic. The same can be said of non-Christians celebrating Christmas. They celebrate the getting-together-with-family-and-giving-gifts part of it. They could care less what the real meaning is.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 11:41 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • I believe a day is what you make of it. Our family has a "Christmas" celebration - but our own secular version of it. We have our own traditions. We do many of the typical things - gift exchange, decorate a tree, take pictures in adorable red outfits that make you want to puke. There is no religious undertones. We don't pray, we don't go to church, we don't celebrate a religion, you won't see a manger scene in our front yard. The day is about family, togetherness and being thankful for what we have. These traditions of celebration have been around long before the Christians adopted them - so I don't consider them strictly a Christian right to celebrate.
    Serafyna

    Answer by Serafyna at 11:44 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • That's the joy of all holidays being horribly commercialized nowadays. Anyone can twist and turn the holiday into whatever they want it to be. Christians can celebrate the religious meaning of Christmas and Easter, and non-Christians can just buy presents and be together with their families and get Easter baskets with candy eggs. The same can be said about Halloween, or Thanksgiving, or any holiday in the USA or around the world =]
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 11:44 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • Well, keep in mind that Christmas and Easter started out as non-Christian holidays. These are also a large part of American culture; many people of all ages will want to celebrate when their friends are celebrating. They don't have to celebrate the religious aspect to have fun and enjoy the holiday.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:46 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • Most holidays that Christians celebrate were originally celebrated by pagans. Christians took over and adapted them to suit their needs. Christmas is not when Christ was born but is a celebration showing that life does indeed sustain through cold and harsh winters as symbolized by the evergreen. Easter is a celebration of life renewing. The rabbit and eggs symbolized fertility and birth.
    We live in a non-religious household and we celebrate the traditional holidays because they are fun.
    MomShawn70

    Answer by MomShawn70 at 11:49 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • Because we can..That's what so great about America.

    louise2

    Answer by louise2 at 11:50 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • As Pagans, my husband and I don't celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus--we celebrate the pre-existing celebration of the Winter Solstice, Yule. We also celebrate the Spring Equinox, which, is where many of the cultural traditions of the "Christian" holiday Easter--bunnies and eggs come from. We include the include the cultural traditions such as Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc...they aren't religious symbols, but rather commercial and cultural ones and they are fun. Personally, adding them doesn't change the religious meaning of the day and removing them is really just pointless and kind of Scroodgey. Also, because our extended families are Christian, we celebrate those holidays with our families--as a family day, minus the religious part of it.
    thalassa

    Answer by thalassa at 11:54 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • Many Christian holidays have many secular or pre-Christian components. Christmas and Easter both have cultural significance beyond their religious meanings.
    riotgrrl

    Answer by riotgrrl at 12:00 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • simple answer - the Christian holidays where not always Christian holidays. They were pagan first. Winter Solstice (Yule) & Spring Equinox (Beltane)

    Many non-religious people also celebrate these holidays because over the years it has just been turned into a commercial holiday.

    Really, what does a Bunny & Chocolate eggs have to do with Jesus rising from his tomb?
    What does Santa have to do with Jesus's birth?

    It's not that hard to understand why people celebrate if you understand your religious histories & think about how it's celebrated.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:10 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

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  • group hugBecause America over-emphasises the celebration of these holidays that you have no choice but to celebrate with our Christian counterparts. In India, many people will celebrate all holidays with each other, Christmas with the Christians,Eid with the Muslims Diwali with the Hindus, etc etc...I think its great that we can all get together and celebrate giving and family with one another.

    MaiasMommy619

    Answer by MaiasMommy619 at 12:11 PM on Oct. 29, 2008

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