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AIBU to think that Easter is very English?

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SodaStreamy Fri 29-Mar-13 11:15:55

It is though isn't it?

England shuts down for 4 days .....Scotland doesn't

Why change the tv schedule .....I wanted to watch this monring but it's off 'for Easter'

I went to England 8 year ago on Easter Sunday and it was shut! England was shut not a single shop open

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 29-Mar-13 11:18:16

I wouldn't say that, I had no idea until a few years ago that you are supposed to eat fish on good friday.

DC's dads are from a different culture thats very Christian and Easter is celebrated, my German grandmother says when she was little Easter was celebrated more then Christmas and it was huge in Germany.

GwennieF Fri 29-Mar-13 11:18:43

Easter is celebrated as a major religious festival in more countries than just England.

LadyBeaEGGleEyes Fri 29-Mar-13 11:19:19

Good Friday is a public holiday today, my surgery is closed but open on Monday.
I think Monday is an official English Bank holiday so the Scottish banks take it as they always do.
I quite like the change in the telly schedules, especially if there's a decent old movie on.

Movingtimes Fri 29-Mar-13 11:21:52

That's a very ahistorical view you are taking there! Easter is the most important feast in the Christian calendar and if you go to any southern European country you will find that it is celebrated far more than it is in England. Greece, in particular, makes a huge deal of Easter. So do most Catholic countries.

HollyBerryBush Fri 29-Mar-13 11:21:59

If you think Easter is English you should try being in a more catholic country over religious festivals.

Not sure where you are but everything is open in London, although there will be Sunday trading hours.

MoetEtPantsOn Fri 29-Mar-13 11:22:10

I'm in Australia. Many more things are shut here at Easter than in England. And Good Friday is a ghost town everywhere here. Well, except touristy bits.

I think catholic countries go even harder. We went to Ireland at Easter years ago and couldn't get a drink anywhere on Good Friday.

MoetEtPantsOn Fri 29-Mar-13 11:22:55

X post with everyone!

ilovesooty Netherlands Fri 29-Mar-13 11:25:55

That's a very ahistorical view you are taking there! Easter is the most important feast in the Christian calendar and if you go to any southern European country you will find that it is celebrated far more than it is in England. Greece, in particular, makes a huge deal of Easter. So do most Catholic countries

Malta too.

CarpeVinum Fri 29-Mar-13 11:26:27

Not really just an English thing.

<dodges crucifix infested procession taking up the whole road in rural Italy>

You should see the size of the easter eggs here. Mostly fluffy foil admittedly. But massive all the same.

Interestingly, though, even though Americans are overall more religious, there isn't any public holiday for Easter in the US (not Friday or Monday).

Here in France we just have the Monday off.

QuickLookBusy Fri 29-Mar-13 11:27:18

All the shops are open around here today-south of England. I remember when everything shut on Good Friday bit it's certainly not the case anymore.

There are many countries who celebrate Easter far more than we do. Have you led a sheltered life OP?

kelda Fri 29-Mar-13 11:28:06

In Belgium Easter is a very popular holiday. Today is not a bank holiday but the school are all celebrating Easter. We have Easter Monday as a holiday.

The shops are full of chocolate eggs etc. and Easter trees - branches that are decorated with eggs.

SodaStreamy Fri 29-Mar-13 11:30:33

So is Easter Catholic?

Maybe that's why we don't close down in Scotland because a large percentage here are Protestant??

LadyBeaEGGleEyes Fri 29-Mar-13 11:30:48

I spent Easter in Greece one year, I was au pairing in Athens, and went to the Peleponnese (sp) for the weekend with some Greek friends.
It's huge over there, we went to a village where they slaughtered a lamb in the village square and then it was barbecued and we all got pissed on retsina.
I also went to the Easter service, which I didn't understand, but very atmospheric.

LynetteScavo England Fri 29-Mar-13 11:31:10

I think Easter is a very Catholic thing, and therefore Catholic countries like to celebrate it - but I was shopping in Vancouver one Easter day, and was wished "Happy Bunny Day" several times.

Anyway, where are the Easter bunny ears on the Smileys?

LadyBeaEGGleEyes Fri 29-Mar-13 11:32:39

Yes, where are the bunny ears, Lynette?

LynetteScavo England Fri 29-Mar-13 11:32:53

My DCs Catholic school put as much effort in to Easter as Christmas. It's great, except my DC insisted on buying every adult who works with them some sort of chocolate bunny/egg which got a bit expensive.

FakeHotCrossLobsters Fri 29-Mar-13 11:33:06

Someone linked this on Facebook earlier.

Creepy Vintage Easter Cards

HormoneHell Fri 29-Mar-13 11:33:26

I've never been to a Christian country that makes less of a deal about Easter than England does (but then I've never been to Scotland).

When I lived in Italy it was a huge event with parades and family feasts and nothing open for days. When I lived in the US I was amazed that it was like Christmas: schools had secret bunny post services to deliver mountains if cards sent between pupils and children received gifts as well as chocolate.

In England we all have a chance to rest for 4 days and have a bit of chocolate, that's it as far as I can see.

CarpeVinum Fri 29-Mar-13 11:35:32

So is Easter Catholic?

It's Christian, and Catholics are Christians.

flippinada Fri 29-Mar-13 11:36:05

Easter is a "big deal" in Scotland in the save way it is in England.

We have four days off and shops shut up here too.

rainbunnieseatingalltheeggs Fri 29-Mar-13 11:36:08

Try being in Ireland the kids have 2 weeks off for Easter,starting last week.They are not back till the the 8th of April. Its very looooooooonnnnnnnnnnnng and what makes it worse is the weather you really cant go anywhere.

Plus we dont sell alcohol here on Good Friday so hows that for a fucking laugh.
Im well stocked up though.

HormoneHell Fri 29-Mar-13 11:36:21

Oh, and I'm in London where none if rhe shops or restaurants are closed today,

flippinada Fri 29-Mar-13 11:36:31

The same way, not sane.

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