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April 7th, 2007 · 11 Comments

Happy Easter, everyone! Wishing you the best of the season.
In Ghana, Christians wore black on Good Friday to commemorate the crucifiction of Christ, and they wear white on Easter Sunday for the ressurection. This year Easter has co-incided with the birth of Mohammed, so there’s a festival called Damba being observed by Moslems throughout hte country.
Easter is also the period that many people living in the cities visit their hometowns or villages to be with their relations. We don’t have an Easter egg culture, but some people do give them.
How do (did) you spend yours?

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 stevem // Apr 8, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    happy easter/ostara/damba

    I ve been stuck inb my flat over the easter period and so can t realy say if people have been wearing black on good friday and white today or not.

    heres a link for xian people who are stuck at home and hav nt made it out to church
    http://www.ccel.org/bible/philips/JBPNT.htm

    so i hope everyone of whatever faith has a spirit day today

  • 2 carri // Apr 8, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Sending everyone a happy celebration day if their celebrating Jesus’es resurection,Mohammeds birthday or just being alive generally.

    I kina of helped out at the kirk today as i went in before the service and also dusted the statues.In scotland i had nt noticed any especially easter dress but theres the custom of eating ‘hot cross’ buns -which are current buns with a cross on them.

    wishing everyone the eternal light that is love today and everyday

  • 3 ghanagirlnyc // Apr 8, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    happy easter!!! I took a trip out of town (ok it was only connecticut), ate a lot of food I didn’t have to cook and now have to get ready for work… I’m sure over in Ghana you get tomorrow off. These are the moments when I especially miss home…

  • 4 Nana Yaa // Apr 9, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Oh yes ggnyc, any excuse for a holiday here. We had Friday and Monday off. Other holidays are the Christmas and New Year ones, two Moslem holidays, Farmers’ dy, May Day, Independence Day, Republic Day… Oh and if those days fall on a weekend, we’re given the next week day off.
    We simply love it when we’re doing nothing!

  • 5 steviem // Apr 10, 2007 at 3:31 am

    Vaugely back to the theme of easter/ostara but i can t think of easter without remembering bill hick’s observation-

    If jesus came back do you think he d want to be confronted by all these images of crossess?

    i can understand people wearing the fish as an early xian symbol [because of the loafs and the fishes mirical] or even a mini bottle of perfume in rememberance of how mary of magdala washed his feet

    but do you think he d realy want to be greeted by an icon of suffering rather than love or sharing?

  • 6 carri // Apr 10, 2007 at 6:24 am

    I like the idea of lots of holidays in principle but think i d get a wee bit bored if i had actually to do nothing on them.In my experiance holidays seem to be busier than actual work days.

    That said are people aware that a lot of the things associated in europe at least with the easter/resurection festival have their origins in Ostara an older festival.

    Check with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostara

    and also that the date of easter/ostara was only decided by a council of priests hundreds of years afterwards

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Council_of_
    Nicaea

    PLus the term ‘holi’ was orgininally taken from the hindu faith.Nana i d be interested in knowing what exactly is celebrated on May the first as for some people around the world May the first is Beltane and for other people it has a left wing political significance.

    Wishing everyone a happy tuesday which might in its own little way have the holy in it

  • 7 Nana Yaa // Apr 10, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    I know in russia, May 1 has left-wing significance and in other places it’s labour day. Here it’s observed as workers’ day.

  • 8 steviem // Apr 11, 2007 at 12:21 am

    In ancient celtic culture May 1st was/is seen as beltane/bealtane and is the start of summer so in some parts of the uk its the day where we have maypole dances [honest] where unfortunate children have to dance around a ribboned and striped pole in front of the entire village.

    and if anyones wondering no this is not fun if your a boy especially if a lass chooses that moment to trip you up.

    still what was fun [flash back years back] was explaining to a bunch of boris and sacha’s in a far distant land that they d have more sucess greeting the sun and the summer than they would ‘the inevertable triumph of the proletariat’
    as [bless em] i got them out upon a rooftop and toasting ‘Comrade Sun’.

    One thing i would be interested in learning about is the list of Muslim festivals so that i could celebrate them as well.

    On a xian note i ve noticed that over easter/ostara there where handmade crossess out in front of the churches and on easter monday they where decked with surplices
    [i know this because i thought that someone was taking the rise out ve my local church by hanging their shirt over the cross so i went to suss it out but found that said white garment was pin tacked to the cross]

    But today i ve found that the new/hand made crossess have been taken down from both st marys and holy trinity.

    Just seems a shame though as it adds a living touch to otherwise ancient buildings

    but as allen ginsberg said long ago

    ‘holy,holy,holy
    everything is holy’

  • 9 Nana Yaa // Apr 11, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    The Muslim holidays are the Eid Ul-Adha, which is is a religious festival celebrated in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael for God, and Eid Ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
    Many people here (including non-Moslems) take part in the feasts that are held during the Eid.

  • 10 Candy // Apr 11, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    The sun was out and made the world seem beautiful all over the Easter weekend in the UK.

    Christains went to church, some families went to the park, we did some gardening and had some friends and family over.
    Ate too much and lazed about with my newspapers and magazines.

    Back at work today and wondering when the next long weekend is going to be.

  • 11 tovorinok // Jul 5, 2007 at 6:06 am

    Hello

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    G’night

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