This is the Christian belief of it: The meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ's victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. The meaning of Easter also symbolizes the complete verification of all that Jesus preached and taught during His three-year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, if He had merely died and not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher or Rabbi. However, His resurrection changed all that and gave final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had conquered death once and for all. Again, I say that this is the CHRISTIAN view of it. I cannot speak for other's and their opinions, and did NOT write this for any debate....... :)
Easter Can Be Compared To A Game of Monopoly Where All Your Life & Posses- sions W e r e Tied Up By s a t a n J e s u s Died, Rose, Broke Monopoly. Choose L i f e. -------------------------- Scripture Quote -------------------------- As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons ------------------------------ came out to meet him. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, ------------------------------ living in a cemetery outside the town. As soon as he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down in front of him. Then he screamed, ------------------------ Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God. ------------------------- Please, I beg you, don't torture me!(Luke 8:27, 28 NLT)
It was originally a Pagan holiday, but we Christians sort of adopted it into our own religion. To us it's "Resurrection Sunday," and represents the day Jesus rose from the dead after being in the tomb for 3 days.
Originally it was a celebration of the Spring equinox. Many ancient cultures celebrated fertility festivals at the time because if the analogy to the renewal of the world in the spring. The Sumerian goddess Ishtar (pronounced "Easter") was worshiped at this time- her symbols were the egg and the rabbit. In the fourth century, the Christian church grafted their resurrection myth onto existing pagan holidays of the season in order to get more converts.
The celebration of Easter is not based on the Bible. If you look into its history, though, you will see the true meaning of Easter—it is a tradition based on ancient fertility rites.
Name: the Anglo-Saxon priest Venerable Bede in the 8th century derived it from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess Eostre.” Others link it to Astarte, the Phoenician fertility goddess.
Rabbits: These are symbols of fertility. Eggs: Some cultures believed that the decorated Easter egg “could magically bring happiness, prosperity, health, and protection.”
New Easter outfit: “It was considered discourteous and therefore bad luck to greet the Scandinavian goddess of Spring, or Eastre, in anything but fresh garb.
Sunrise services: These have been linked to rites of ancient sun worshippers “performed at the vernal equinox welcoming the sun and its great power to bring new life to all growing things.”
The Bible warns against worshipping God by following traditions or customs that displease him. (Mark 7:6-8) Second Corinthians 6:17 states: “‘Separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing.’”
Skeptic and TTaylor pretty much got it all correct, it's celebration is based in pagan rites. However it was around prior to the adoption of the pagan symbols. The only language that uses the pagan name (Easter) is the Germanic languages (based on Eostre a germanic pagan goddess), pretty much all the other languages use the correct name Pascha. (Spanish Pascua, Romanian Pa?ti. Italian Pasqua, ect) or something of their language.
Easter celebrates Christ's power over death, the victory He won for us over sin, and gives us a glimpse of our own resurrection. Easter celebrates the central mystery of the Christian faith - the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It is so significant that is cannot be contained within a single day. In the Church's liturgical calendar, the Easter Season is celebrated for fifty days, from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. In fact, because we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at every Mass, each Sunday throughout the year could be referred to as a "little Easter." Remember - it is because Jesus was raised from the dead that we are born to new life as baptized Christians. St. Paul tells us, "If there is no resurrection then Christ has not been raised, if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and our faith is in vain. ... But in fact Christ who has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep" (1 Cor 15:14, 20). (My answer continues in the comments)