The Christian holiday of Easter has its roots in pagan spring festivals.
Pagan spring festivals were celebrated around this time of year, such as Beltane, when flowers blossomed and fertility increased. These were times of renewal, and the days began to lengthen toward summer.
Today Easter is observed primarily by Christians. However, many other religions observe their own version of Easter, including Judaism, Islam, Druidry, Wicca, and Mithraism. Most people identify Easter with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But there are many other meanings associated with the festival, including the return of Spring, life after death, and the light of truth.
In modern culture, Easter traditions include egg hunts, candy bunnies, and the giving and receiving of gifts. We also associate this time of year with spring cleaning and the start of the warmer weather months ahead. Whether you live your life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, or not, there is no denying that the springtime brings renewal and happiness.
What makes Easter special? To me, it symbolizes nature coming back to life, and the promise of new beginnings.