Easter, when I was a child, was an utterly wretched time, till Easter Sunday, when we could break the fast & be allowed to be happy again!
That was (Easterm European) Catholicism for you .... interminable church services, endless Stations of the Cross
... no singing, dancing (anything
that a little kid might actually consider fun
) was allowed because, as we were told again & again: Christ died for our sins
! On Easter Sunday (at the Ukrainian Catholic church in Melbourne, where my family often chose to be, rather than at home in the country), the boys got to kiss the girls - exchanging greetings of "Christ has arisen!" (in Ukrainian) to each other
... but only after what felt
like 10 hours
of church service first! Picture me as a stoic 5 year old (with stomach rumbles from fasting since midnight) waiting, waiting for it this excruciating, sombre service to finally be over! Then, off home (or the home of the family we were staying with) for the traditional feast, in the early afternoon. YAY! Survived another Easter!
Needless to say, after years of this, I grew up to happily become a heathen!
My Easter holiday is now a time when I ensure that I have absolutely no obligation to do anything
I really don't have to do! Easter here is traditionally a "get out of town" holiday, when hoards of people head off to the country for the last holiday before the winter sets in. All the freeways are now super busy & at the end of the break we'll be hearing mightmarish news reports (car accidents, fatalities, tempers flaring at the slowness of the traffic, etc ..). So this seems an excellent
time to stay in the city, where things are very peaceful! I have made absolutely no plans for the next few days, though I've hired a number of DVDs, which I'll watch if the spirit moves me. I've bought some food & wine that I fancy and I'm in the middle of a wonderful page turner (novel), which I can read till 3 am, if I want. I may or may not contact some friends later on today. I'll see. Looking out my window I see it's a beautiful calm, sunny day. So I think a long walk may be in order this afternoon. Hey, this is the life!