As most of us know, the Early Christian Church vilified pagan religions by calling their gods, demons but at the same time claiming the Pagan sacred days as their own.
For example the Springtime sacrificial celebration named for the Saxon Goddess Eostre, or Ostara, a Northern form of Astarte whose sacred month was Eastre-monath, the Moon of Esotre.
The Thoth Deck Tarot of the Princess of Disks best represents this Goddess of Spring, who is Persephone to the Greeks.
The Great Mother Kali of India seems to be the same as Eostre of the Saxons, as the Saxon poets mentioned Eostre in the epic poem of Beowulf; " Ganges' waters, whose flood waves ride down into an unknown sea near Eostre's far home."[Goodrich,18. ]
The Moon-Hare sacred to the Goddess in both eastern and western nations, is a far older symbol of the "Easter Bunny", recalling the myths of Hathor-Astarte who laid the Golden Egg of the Sun. The Germans who often say that the hare would lay eggs for good children on Easter Eve.
Despite being one of the Churches "movable feasts", Easter displays its pagan roots in a dating system based on the old lunar calendar and is fixed for the first Sunday after the full moon after the equinox and was formerly the pregnant phase of Eostre passing into the fertile season. This is Shown in the Thoth Deck Tarot by the Pregnant Princess of Disks ; However after the Roman calendar was imposed on them in 632 A.D. Ester was given a new date. The Christian festival wasn't called Easter until the Goddess's name was given to it in the late Middle Ages.
Eggs where always a symbol of rebirth thus the oddity of the Moon hare laying colored eggs. At first the colored eggs were always dyed red which is the Life color to the eastern Europeans. The Russian used to lay red eggs on graves to serve as resurrection charms.
In Bohemia, Christ was honored on Easter Sunday and the Goddess on Easter Monday, which was the Moon-day as opposed to the Sun-day.
With much research the seeker of knowledge will find many references to the Goddess of Regeneration and Resurrection through the period in history before the Romans conquered Europe. As in most religions, literal meanings are superfluous as this is knowledge through metaphor. People attempting to describe the invisible forces at work in their world.
Instead of myth-theology, we now describe theses metaphors as "Theoretical Physics". No matter how you celebrate it, celebrating the rebirth of life after winters' destruction is a fine idea---and fun to! Besides giving us a good feeling to bloom in the sun again. it helps us realize the miracles of the Sun's resurrection all around us and it's rejuvenating power within ourselves.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!