Originally posted by menace71
Example specially for Religious/Christian folks. Well Atheist and non-religious people too what do you think? Does a tradition that had a so called pagan source negate it of being a viable tradition? I was thinking about the exchange of rings in the wedding ceremony. Our JW friends here How do you feel about this? This has a history that seems to be ancient ...[text shortened]... d. Have one link anyway. http://www.thehistoryof.net/history-of-the-wedding-ring.html
If traditions that had pagan sources were removed then there would not be much left of the religion. For example they couldn't even sing in Church because singing has a pagan source.
The tradition of bunnies and eggs at easter has a pagan source (related to celebrating new reproduction at spring time), but why should a Christian be bared from celebrating that simply because some pagan thought of it first? As far as I know there is noting in the tradition that is specifically anti-Christian.
I even know some Christians (members of the Church of Christ) who celebrate Christmas as a specifically pagan festival i.e. they do not celebrate it as part of their religion in any way but don't allow their beliefs to get in the way of a good festival.
As an atheist, I do not generally celebrate specifically religious events, but I still go home to my family at Christmas as it is a good time to do so (everyone is on holiday) and if they are celebrating, then why not join in?