What is Easter?

Easter is a Christian holiday, but it has pre-Christian origins. The most obvious of these are the eggs and bunnies. The egg comes from ancient fertility symbols, while the bunny comes from the hare, another ancient symbol. Eggs in particular were used to celebrate the end of winter. People would decorate them, give them as gifts, and sometimes eat them. When Christianity came along, it incorporated and Christianized a lot of existing holidays, including Easter. Those pre-existing traditions became part of Easter, which is why we still have them today.