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Easter is near; religious or not, are you doing stuff for it?

 
 
saab
 
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Reply Sat 7 Apr, 2012 12:44 am
@ossobuco,
For me, the only really religious tradition for Easter would go to church.
The majority of the Easter traditions have very little to do with being religious.You can go to church and still - as we did - dress up as witches. The one thing certainly does not contradict the other one. I think that even very religious people don´t connect many of the Easter traditions with religion. After all it is not in the Bible.

If some non religious people don´t have traditions - like painting eggs - I think it has more to do with being lazy or/and not caring for traditions. Just as religious people might be too lazy to do it.

We Swedes usually only would use the word religious in connection with biblethumbing sectarians.
A would not even call a high church Lutheran priest religious - I would use some other words to describe his believes.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 7 Apr, 2012 02:11 am
@ossobuco,
I stick some glace cherries in mine. They are a bit of a palaver, they need to be knocked back and rested more than standard bread, but they are a lot nicer than the ones in the supermarket.

having said that, my son doesn't like them, he's not particularly keen on buns in general, so it's just two of us.
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raprap
 
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Reply Sat 7 Apr, 2012 07:41 am
@ossobuco,
I'm going to sacrifice a lamb to Ba'al.

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Eorl
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2012 07:02 am
Five year old son couldn't break into his humpty dumpty egg this morning. Well, he probably could have, but would have been messy, so my wife helped out. She bit the top and the entire thing shattered, spilling chocolate shards and smarties (like m&ms) all over the floor. Son burst into tears... inconsolable!

"Worst Easter Egg Day EVER!!"

Only lasted about a minute or so, but god it was funny.
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 9 Apr, 2012 05:02 pm
@JPB,
Quote:
Thank you, Sturgis, for posting your memories. I enjoyed them thoroughly. As an aside (but in the spirit of renewals), muchos kudos to you for how far you've come in your ability to write since your illness.

Thank you as well JPB.
It's been a process and still have times I become screwy with connecting words.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 14 Apr, 2017 08:47 pm
@Sturgis,
Nothing doing this weekend.
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saab
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 12:57 am
I am decorating the a little bit, have been writing Eastercards - selfmade.
Have no plans. Just enjoy that spring has arrived.
lmur
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 01:47 am
@saab,
Pubs are shut today. Quite funny watching folks queueing in off-licenses. Puts one in mind of the queues for bread in Soviet Russia.
saab
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 02:06 am
@lmur,
In Sweden more or less all store are open and people are shopping on God Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday. Closed are the stores where you can buy alcolhol.
In Germany the stores are closed.
I like that - I think about the workers, who really should have a chance to get a few days off in a row.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 04:23 am
Over here egg hunts have stirred up a bit of controversy.

Quote:
The gates of Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath opened at 10am sharp. Within an hour, four-year-old Dylan and older sister Ciara were happily chomping on chocolate bunnies, having successfully completed an egg hunt. “This is our third hunt this week,” said Ciara, 10. “The others were in our garden. We’re going home to relax now. This one was tough.”

Over the Easter weekend hundreds of children will complete this trail and scores of others at National Trust parks, gardens and houses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, most blissfully unaware of the furore that preceded them.

The bunny trails hit the headlines when the archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, criticised the decision to name the events “The Cadbury Egg Hunts”, missing out the word “Easter”. Theresa May joined the row, interrupting a Middle East tour to express concern as the prime minister, a vicar’s daughter and a member of the National Trust.

Both the National Trust and Cadbury were aghast, arguing that they did respect Easter and used the word frequently on their promotional material.


https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/14/national-trust-egg-hunters-crack-on-controversy-easter-cadbury-theresa-may
saab
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 04:38 am
@izzythepush,
I heard it over the radio yesterday. Somehow this very political correctness is getting too far. Egg hunting is fun and why not call it Easter Egg Hunt?
In Sweden we have Easter witch and that certainly is something different than an ordinary witch. They fly off to dance with the Devil.
Little girls dress up as a witch and beg for eggs. I thought it was fun.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YMLr2jIK_7o/UVc3f4rE8zI/AAAAAAAAH9Y/GemmHASlj1g/s1600/DSC08608.jpg
saab
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 04:44 am
Sorry picture got too big
Happy Easter
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/1c/cd/d9/1ccdd9f4d5c5c2aad74d07b42ffaf8dd.jpg
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 04:48 am
@saab,
It's not political correctness, it's Cadburys pushing their product. This is capitalism at work.

Easter is a bastardisation of Eostre, the Pagan goddess associated with hares and eggs anyway.

http://images.inpurespirit.com.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/eostre5.jpg
saab
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 05:18 am
@izzythepush,
How absurd - capitalism at work.
We call Easter - Påsk
The word comes from the arameic word paska, which again comes from the Hebrew pasach. This means to pass - in Swedish passera.
Has to do with the Israelis leaving Egypt. - Old Testament.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 05:59 am
@saab,
Only the godsquad seem upset by it, nobody else seems to give a monkey's. I don't, it's not like there's no mention of Easter elsewhere on the publicity material, there is, the only thing that's changed is it's the Cadbury egg hunt instead of the Easter egg hunt. Lot of fuss about nothing.

Btw, I prefer the Pagan names, bloody Christians ruined Easter and Christmas.

https://tshirtslayer.com/files-tshirt/styles/shirtview/public/user-2074/d3e339f9fb568eb5efcb33447becd4e9.jpg?itok=iIufZHA-
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 09:51 am
I hung strands of Mardi Gras beads in my red osier dogwood. That's my Easter festivity this year. I like the parades and parties and used to love getting a new hat/coat/gloves every Easter and going to walk with my family. It was one of the only times of the year I was guaranteed to see my beloved uncle.
saab
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 10:04 am
@ehBeth,
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I hung strands of Mardi Gras beads in my red osier dogwood


What is Mardi Gras beads?
Easter in Scandinavia was too early for new cloth - it used to be for 1st of May.
We do not have Easter parades - it is often too cold. In southern Sweden it is supposed to snow to night - Saturday.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 10:14 am
@saab,
We have quite a few parades that could easily be on snowy days - Santa Claus Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Good Friday Procession, Easter Parade, various sporting event parades.

Canadians aren't easily put off by snow.

The new coat would often be a winter coat - you didn't necessarily get a spring coat at Easter.

These are Mardi Gras beads

http://www.clipartkid.com/images/814/jenny-n-design-february-2012-WjGNsr-clipart.jpg

They are traditionally thrown into crowds during Mardi Gras (aka Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday) Parades. The wife of a friend of mine is a wholesale distributor of them - he gave me a few bags of them - I thought they'd be a fun alternative to the Easter Egg trees some people have.

http://housebeautiful.cdnds.net/17/14/640x320/landscape-1491413833-easter-tree-bouquet-1.jpg

I have a few ornaments hanging in the dogwood as well but the sparkly beads are what you notice.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 10:15 am
@saab,
saab wrote:
In southern Sweden it is supposed to snow to night - Saturday.


we're rarely finished with snow this early in the year

many people leave their snow tires on til Victoria Day weekend - which is the weekend containing May 24th.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 15 Apr, 2017 10:18 am
We just exchange, and eat, a ton of chocolate eggs. (From a much longer article.)
Quote:
Cracking open a large chocolate egg to find nothing in the middle is one of life's perennial disappointments.

Yet for some chocolate firms the fact that most Easter eggs are hollow is more than just disappointing, it's problematic.

"It sounds ridiculous, but there is a lot of air in Easter eggs relative to their value in weight," says Helen Pattinson, co-founder of boutique British chocolate chain Montezuma's.

The oval shape of eggs and the boxes required to keep them intact means that, compared to the amount of space they take up in a shipping container, it is impossible for Montezuma's to charge the end customer enough to make a decent profit.

Foreign sales account for about a fifth of the company's overall sales and for this financial year, ending in May, it expects exports to hit the £1m mark for the first time.

Despite the strong demand from abroad, the firm is yet to send its chocolate eggs overseas.
It is a trend that hasn't escaped the notice of Sean Ramsden, chief executive of Ramsden International.

The family firm specialises in exporting British food overseas and Mr Ramsden says Easter is its busiest period after Christmas.

The awkward shape of chocolate eggs isn't a problem for the company because it supplies a much wider range of products, enabling it to mix Easter eggs with other food orders.

"Easter eggs are a popular UK product and they're very exportable. They [Easter eggs] are not as advanced in other countries," he says.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39422930

Some of them don't even look like eggs.

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/6673/production/_95372262_r2d27.00215g.jpg
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