"Allow your enemy to define your territory and you will have no place to stand." - An Old Saying I just made up.
I wish to be clear that I do not consider Christianity to be an "enemy", by the way. I see that religion and its offshoots (especially Islam) more as entertainment and counterpoint to a sane life.
Those of us living in a Western culture (that means you who are reading this on a computer screen!) are living in the historical revisionist aftermath of the largest religion in the world: Christianity.
Christianity absorbed all the religions it encountered and through this process of osmosis and revisionism renamed and reframed everything - people, myths and holidays - in a Christian context.
That does not mean that their view can "take" all of our holidays unless you "surrender" them.
I completely agree with Ravenhael. The Rites of Spring and the Vernal Equinox are ours, unless you surrender anything that anyone prior has attempted to filch in the name of their religion.
Today, "Good Friday", is now international Mel Gibson Day. (Rake in those millions, Mel!). Sunday is Reverse "Day of the Dead" Day when the king of the zombies rises again to get people to eat his
flesh and drink his
("Look! He has risen!"
"And he's coming toward us!"
Now you can surrender this ancient celebration of fertility and new life afer the cold winter to the zombie worshippers or you can whoop it up yourselves!
Our ancestors for thousands of years before "JC" had it right. So can you.
Have a happy indulgent Spring celebration!