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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

Montybojangles Fri 29-Mar-13 12:09:00

It's not until the beginning of May this year by the way, so you have time to plan a second easter if you fancy...

HollyBerryBush Fri 29-Mar-13 12:13:43

So is Easter Catholic?

No it's a Christian celebration.

LadyBeaEGGleEyes Fri 29-Mar-13 12:16:25

grin Monty.
That's the type of Easter i had in Greece which i mentioned upthread.
After the 'Christ is Risen' bit, it was a huge party.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 29-Mar-13 12:18:54

Blimey - I lived in Spain and Easter is hard core over there. Think self flagellating , lots of Semana Santa church ceremonies and walks.
England is tame in comparison.

CarpeVinum Fri 29-Mar-13 12:22:41

There are branches of Christianity

Yes. But that doesn't change the reality that Easter is a christian festival celebrated by Catholics, becuase they are christians, rather than because Easter is Catholic. Which is what my post was addressing.

thewhistler Fri 29-Mar-13 12:24:08

Good Friday may not be recognised in eg Wee Free or secular areas, but I bet it is in Barra...

As it is in Lutheran and indeed some Calvinist areas on the continent, eg Germany and Geneva, as well as Catholic, eg Bavaria, Malta, Italy, Spain, Orthodox eg Greece, Romanian. I love their Easters and the family get togethers, though the hours long Easter services of the Orthodox with minimal audience participation get me down. But the red eggs afterwards are great.

Theologically far more important than Christmas, where eg the populism of the crib was developed by St Francis and redness of Santa by Coca Cola. And is not important to eg the Wee Frees.

Good Friday is a fast day. Every Friday was and even after the reformation in England you were legally obliged to eat fish not meat , to help the fishing fleets. Hence the serving of fish and chips in canteens on Friday.

Montybojangles Fri 29-Mar-13 12:26:54

Lady blush didn't realise there was a second page of this, just spotted it (durr)
Christos Anesti!

ReallyTired Fri 29-Mar-13 12:28:54

"Carpe There are branches of Christianity. All hoovers are vacuums but not all vacuums are hovers iyswim. Some branches of Christianity recognise all saints day - others don't, doesn't make them any more or less Christian. "

Erm... I think that all christians recongise Easter. Its not just a "saints" day, its most important event in the entire history of mankind for christians.

For me the entire events of holy week are important as it puts the ressurection into context. I think that some nominal christians shy away from wanting to think about the horror that happened in holy week.

thewhistler Fri 29-Mar-13 12:29:31

Anesti Alethos.

Beveridge Fri 29-Mar-13 12:35:19

Blame John Knox.

Christmas Day wasn't a public holiday in Scotland till 1957. Santa used to come at New Year instead.

WorraLiberty Fri 29-Mar-13 12:35:46

How strange.

I'm in England and I've just got back from Morrisons which was very much open...and will be open tomorrow too and Monday.

It's shut on Easter Sunday but that's the only day of the year, apart from Christmas day that it'll be shut.

poocatcherchampion Fri 29-Mar-13 12:38:38

we are christians but don't celebrate Easter. I think many Christians don't. perhaps this is why America doesn't wholesale acknowledge it either?

binger Fri 29-Mar-13 12:46:38

I'm in Scotland and it's a massive deal here. Loads of places are off the Friday and Monday. Shops are open but companies are closed.

KindleMum Fri 29-Mar-13 12:46:45

YABVU. It's the main and defining event of the Christian calendar. The UK is a fairly secular country. But if you ever notice Europe, you would see that Holy Week and Easter are major events there. If you think the Catholics go to town for it, you should really see how the Russian and Greek Orthodox celebrate it. England barely acknowledges Easter, it's mainly a bank-holiday-sales thing here.

SodaStreamy Fri 29-Mar-13 13:00:08



serious question ...and why does they date of Easter change every year if it is such an important date?

Alligatorpie Fri 29-Mar-13 13:09:44

In Canada we celebrate way more than i have ever seen in England. It is a bit OTT with easter egg hunts / parties but is loads of fun!

FoofFighter Fri 29-Mar-13 13:24:28

Am in Scotland and really missing Easter back home in England, I'm used ot it being a big deal, a lovely holiday along the same lines as the Christmas break.

Considering Easter is supposed to be even more important than Christmas I cannot understand why it's business as usual.
The kids are off school for once though as that's just the way it's fallen, last few years they've been there Good Friday and Easter Monday.


Talkinpeace Fri 29-Mar-13 13:30:01

I'm slightly bemused by the thought of a Christian who does not do Easter.
Easter is the reason there is Christianity.

Easter is linked to passover (the last supper was a passover supper because Jesus was, of course, Jewish.
It is the first Sunday after the first Full moon after the Spring Equinox.
And the Orthodox church use the old calendar so their one this year is next month.

INeedThatForkOff Fri 29-Mar-13 13:33:00

Er, the kids have two weeks off here too.

Easter in Germany is really lovely.

Talkinpeace Fri 29-Mar-13 13:45:37

Good Friday and Easter Monday are bank holidays in Scotland.
School holidays are ALWAYS over Easter.
No school is open on those days in the UK. Ever.

Montybojangles Fri 29-Mar-13 13:50:16

smile thewhistler

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 29-Mar-13 13:51:38

Easter is not English. Easter is the bedrock of all branches of Christianity. Easter remembers that Christ died and rose again. Without this bit, Jesus would have just been remembered as a nice man or a prophet. Easter is the important bit that kind of cements the Son of God stuff and makes it so relevant to Christianity. The resurrection and the everlasting life are defining points of the faith, and not just in England!

Easter is celebrated in all christian countries, Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican.

Annunziata Fri 29-Mar-13 14:05:25

I wish I was back in Sicily watching the processions sad

I am however in Scotland and it seems a big deal here, not like Christmas though. We do live in a fairly Catholic area though.

FoofFighter Fri 29-Mar-13 14:07:02

Talkin, sorry but you are indeed incorrect on the schools thing. My own children have been to school on those days many times in the past up here.

Yes the banks are closed as are offices that rely on things like benefits centres and tax office.

QuickLookBusy Fri 29-Mar-13 14:13:32

I really can't believe schools are open anywhere in the UK today.

Unless it's some kind of private school which is non Christian.

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