Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Easter is a pagan holiday that was borrowed by the early Christians. There is no evidence in the Bible that Jesus required his followers to celebrate Lent or his resurrection.
As proof that Easter is a pagan holiday, they point to the popular Easter bunny and Easter eggs. They do not see any connection with the resurrection of Jesus. They say that the rabbit is a pagan symbol and always has been a symbol of fertility. Watchtower Magazine, March 15, 1968, Article: 'Easter—Relic of Ancient Sex Worship'
Some believe that fertility is a shameful thing to celebrate. The Witnesses believe that Easter is a relic of ancient sex worship. Watchtower Magazine, March 15, 1968, 'Easter—Relic of Ancient Sex Worship'
Is it true that Christians should reject bunny rabbits because they symbolize our ability to have children? Ask any Christian woman who has been trying to get pregnant for a long time if fertility is a bad thing. She will tell you that a celebration is in order.
Fertility should be celebrated and a rabbit is a perfect symbol for it. All of us use symbols every day. In fact the word 'fertility' is a symbol.
If Christian women were not fertile, there wouldn't be any Christians on the planet today. All of us would be pagans. Fertility is natural, just like eating, drinking water, and breathing. Should Christians avoid eating and breathing because the pagans did these things?
According to the Bible, Jesus came into the world so we might have life. John 3:16; 1 John 4:9; His resurrection from the dead symbolizes eternal life for all Christians. He was not just another great teacher. He had conquered death. The resurrection of Jesus proved that he is the Son of God. That's what Easter is all about. It is about fertility and new life. Easter is a celebration of eternal life for all who believe in God's love and grace.