"So the feast does not *derive* from paganism. And the proof of that is that the feast is not known as “Easter” in huge swaths of the world. It’s called “Pascha” (as in “Paschal Mystery”). Because the real origins of the feast are a) the Jewish Passover and b) the crucifixion, death, and resurrection which occurred on a Passover weekend roughly 2000 years ago."
Taking a Brief Break from Sacraments for Holy Week: by Mark Shea