The holiday of Easter is taken from the early Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess Eostre. She was the mother goddess of Saxon pagans whose symbol was the rabbit which represented spring and fertility.
Additionally, the month of April was set aside by many ancient peoples in order to celebrate spring which is a time of renewal and rebirth. Another symbol used by ancient pagans to celebrate Eostre's holiday was done with bright colored painted eggs. They symbolized new life in the form of fertility and the blooming flowers of spring in which people gladly exchanged painted eggs and even flowers with each other.
A Greek tale of the goddess Persephone, discusses her return from the underworld to the light of day after being abducted by the god Hades from her mother, Demeter. Persephone's return was symbolic to the ancient Greeks that the resurrection of life in spring took place after the desolation of winter.
The myth of Persephone is obviously one tale Biblical authors borrowed from for the resurrection story when the ministry of Jesus was written in the New Testament.
What is unique about the tale of Jesus's rise from the dead is that it takes place on a different date each year. This is due to it taking place, not only during the spring equinox, but also on the first Sunday after the first full moon of Spring.
Yet it is during Easter and the Friday that precedes it (know to Christians as Good Friday) when Christians are reminded of the glory of sacrifice and suffering of their savior, Jesus.
According to the myth attributed to him, Jesus was crucified, died and then rose from the dead in order to to cleanse mankind of sin. Christian clergy continue to remind their flock of this and that they should emulate their messiah's example. Religionists continuously reverberate the same mantra year in and year out that it is only when one sacrifices in this life to another that one will, upon death, reach their spiritual paradise (heaven). Only in death, rather than life, will believers in God know their deity's glory and attain full salvation.
You should reject any philosophy that places sacrifice and human suffering as its highest standard of value since by doing so can condemn you to a life of self-destruction and misery. The emphasis on suffering and death is especially indicative of environmentalism, Christianity, and Communism. April 22nd of this year was not only Earth Day but also Good Friday and, oddly enough, it just so happens that Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin's birthday falls on that same day too. Interestingly enough, all three philosophies that damn mankind's existence lined up this past Friday like an evil axis.
Despite being an atheist, I still continue to celebrate Easter. Not to commemorate the resurrection of any god or conduct any sacrifice, but to extol my rational mind that I use to further my life and happiness. I am proud of the work I do, wealth I accumulate, and life I live.
You should be too.
I gladly buy chocolate bunnies, candied eggs and cards as a non-sacrificial, egotistical expression of my gratitude toward those I love and am friends with while celebrating the selfish-driven life I lead.
It is the entrepreneurs, creators and men and women of initiative whom I celebrate. Especially during holidays, since they are the ones who make the commercialism and abundance during holidays, like Easter, possible.
Let Easter and spring come to symbolize a time of rebirth for you by rejecting religious, altruistic notions of considering people like you as a means to an end and, instead, embrace a life of reason, happiness and freedom.