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How would you explain Easter without referreing it to as the ressurection of Christ?

I've a 3 1/2 year old. Being a single mother and due to my financial situation I live with my super religious parents. I've already given in to allowing my mom to take her for "Sunday School" most because I thought she could meet other children there. With the upcoming Easter holidays I'm begining to wonder how I can explain to my daughter what Easter is without bringing religion in to it. I'm sure she will get a religious explanation in church but I'd like to counter that with a non-religious one. Mostly, I just want her to think for herself and ask questions. I live in a small city in India and other than my brother I have yet to meet another atheist. I've met a lot of people who say "I don't believe in god" simply because they are angry at god because things didn't go as planned not because they really question his existence.

Any suggestions would be more than welcome!

JenniferRoberts 4 Mar 11

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I don't see any more issues in explaining the falsity of the Easter bunny, Santa Claus, or God to my child as they are all fictional beings that we tell our kids about to make them feel better.

My kid isn’t into Easter. She doesn’t believe in the Easter Bunny and thinks it’s silly to look for eggs(though she does like coloring them). Plus, she doesn’t like chocolate so we just decorate a small tree with eggs and bunnies and call it a day.

@DelilahJones33 that's awesome. Kind of like a hello Spring Festival.

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It's like Christmas or Diwali or.... it's just a cultural holiday

Easter is probably easy. I mean what have bunnies or chocolate eggs got to with Jesus?

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It is an older Pagan holiday called Eostre.

Seriously. The Christian plagiarists did not even try when they stole this one.

It is about Spring and everything growing again.

I said the same. 🙂

@Captnron59 Alexander who?

I heard that Constantine started the replacement of pagan holidays with christian themes. Part of pacifying his failing empire. Pretty much all pagan systems have a vernal equinox holiday. All were wrapped in a thin candy coating and enforced at sword point. Also nearly all have a winter solstice holiday, guess what that became.

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Easter is about the Easter Bunny and eggs. Like Xmas, it has long ceased to be religious holiday.

When she gets older, explain to her that Ostara/Eostre was a Celtic/Teutonic holiday to welcome spring. It is about fertility, and rabbits symbolize this. The "Easter" egg has long been a symbol of fertility.

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Easter means candy. It's training for the kids, hey you get cool stuff for going to Church. For the adults, it's ponder your suspension of disbelief season. . It's interesting Easter falls on April Fool's Day, this year.

jeffy Level 7 Mar 11, 2018

Interesting, but perfectly appropriate.

The Christ is risen! April Fools!

Yeah, I'm driving my mom crazy telling her Easter is on April Fool's Day...just love it!

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I agree with others on here. Explain the true of origin of Easter. And that it's been represented in many ways over time and in different cultures. At this current time, our time, it is represented as a Christian event. In the past, it wasn't. In the future, it most likely won't be. Some cultures celebrate it, some don't.

I don't know what the true origin of Easter. A quick search on Google resulted in this: [allaboutjesuschrist.org]

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Many cultures have a Spring/rebirth festival. While the name and festivities vary, they are common. if you know your heritages you can possibly pick one of those and "update" it a bit.

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It's merely about the Spring season. Rejuvenation and the start of the earth providing us once again with more sun, food, and warm weather outdoor recreation.

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A celebration of spring, the rebirth of nature as it awakens from winter slumber. Pretty much the same way it has always been felt and expressed and celebrated without the dead guy on the cross going full zombie or the giant fucking rabbit invading your house while dropping off inexplicable candy and gifts in baskets.

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Easter started as a spring fertility ritual. Rabbits and eggs have nothing to do with christianity.

Just tell her it was a celebration of spring. The original resurrection was life returning to the world. Plants began to sprout, trees began to bud, animals that were gone all winter came out of hibernation, and birds returned.

JimG Level 8 Mar 11, 2018

@Redcupcoffee ...with a 3 year old?

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A celebration of rebirth, when winter passes and plants start to grow again.

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It always meant a paid holiday for me.

marga Level 7 Mar 11, 2018
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I would just teach her both sides. This is what you’ll learn at church and this is what others believe. These are the origins. & such. But I agree, 3 is a little young to worry about that. Maybe when she starts asking questions about it, then talk about it🙂

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[nobeliefs.com]
You can tell her the truth. Religion coopted this holiday like it does most everything else.

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Peter cottontail

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Just tell her not to worry about all the religious stuff (but also to be respectful towards her grandparents' belief, of course) and to instead concentrate on the real meaning of Easter - that is, the celebration of chocolate!

Jnei Level 8 Mar 11, 2018
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Thought it was about chasing an egg laying bunny around.

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I would not try to explain at this point. Go heavy with the plastic grass and the colored eggs, there will be time enough to give your own explaination.

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[ancient-origins.net]

I would also spend a lot of time bolstering her critical thinking skills.

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Its a celebration for the spring eqinox. celebating the end of the winter and the start of new life because days are getting longer and that allows plants to get more sun light so they bloom. it also signals mating time for lots of animals cuz it gives the offspring better chances for surviving and gettin to grow thru warm times so they can be better equipped for harsh weather ahead in the winter. the bunny eggs represent new life and that is what easter is used to represent from a non-relgious view imo.

jorj Level 8 Mar 11, 2018
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The Christian Easter comes around the time of the vernal equinox. People have celebrated the vernal equinox for centuries. For ancient cultures, the vernal equinox signaled that their food supplies would soon return. That is why it was convenient to place the so-called resurrection of Christ around the time of the vernal equinox. It signifies rebirth, the coming of the season when winter has ended and new crops begin to come to life, hence the association with the resurrection of Christ.

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You could say that he came out of his tomb and saw his shadow, indicating 6 more weeks of basketball

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Money grabbing bullshit

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The first Sunday after Passover.

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