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The Easter Bunny is on his way...

Postby smile » Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:15 pm

This Sunday is Easter Sunday. What are you planning for Easter?

I plan to eats lots of chocolate surprisingly. I like the little Mini Eggs. =P~
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Postby Fidel » Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:52 pm

I don't celebrate Easter....I didn't even know what it was until I lived in Germany. It's quite big over there
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Postby worstfriend » Wed Apr 07, 2004 4:53 pm

What faith were you raised with Fidel?

I wasn't brought up in any faith but i am a One God type person now ( i basically belive that there is only 1 God and all religions merely call it different things)

I celebrate Easter as a time of renewal, life and second chances.
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Postby markh » Wed Apr 07, 2004 8:32 pm

Easter is special for me as I am a Christian. I will be remembering the easter story this weekend. I have not been given an Easter egg for at least 20 years so I'm not holding my breath for that.
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Postby Llisa » Wed Apr 07, 2004 11:19 pm

Like markh, I'm also a Christian, so it's a fairly special time for me.
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Postby Jo » Thu Apr 08, 2004 5:18 am

I will be spending it with family, friends and chocolate.

I'm not a Christian, not religious at all in fact, but I like to look back to the Pagan origins of festivals like Easter and Christmas. Easter is around the time of the Spring Equinox which is a celebration of spring and new life - hence the eggs!

Most importantly, though, it means time off work! Ya hay!
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Postby ms 6275 » Thu Apr 08, 2004 10:04 am

well unlike all other belief systems we atheists don't get any holidays :( so i wont be doing anything tho i might eat loads of chocolate eggs :D
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Postby Fidel » Thu Apr 08, 2004 11:02 am

well, living in Communist Russia and then Post-Communist East Germany we weren't really allowed to practise religion and then there weren't any churches in the East side of Germanyso I had a religion-free upbringing. I like to keep it that way.

I see Easter as a tired tradition that is just about chocolate now...
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Postby worstfriend » Thu Apr 08, 2004 1:21 pm

I have not eaten chocolate or had sugar in my tea or coffee since ash wednesday! So though Easter is about chocolate i will at least be appreciating it as i haven't had any for SIX weeks. (i also gave up potatoes for lent but "(gulps)" i confess, i've had 3 chips, which over 6 weeks isn't BAD as such, but it doesn't count because i slipped up.....)

I try not to eat at all on good friday (tomorrow) or just stick to fruit and veg, no "real" food. SOmetimes i go through Saturday as well without food, but to be honest i'm not going to try for that this year. I think Friday will be enough...

I can't wait until Sunday when i can have all the things i wasn't allowed all this time and can spend the day with my lovely partner......

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Postby Enigma » Thu Apr 08, 2004 1:59 pm

Well done worstfriend, that's a great achievement!
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Postby captainf » Thu Apr 08, 2004 7:47 pm

My uncle and his g/f and my cousin are coming down from London tonight to stay over easter...

As for easter sunday, i'm not actually doing anything to celebrate as far as I know, however, I do have to go flying on that day, and my instructor said I have to do spinning :( :o
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Postby Jo » Mon Apr 12, 2004 12:47 pm

I've been researching the origins of Easter and found some really interesting perspectives...

This one is the most surprising & also a perfect example of a dominant belief system's attempts to demonise another belief system - its quite scary that people still talk like this!
http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract1.html

Interesting ideas about the origins of many Easter traditions...
http://www.bright.net/~1wayonly/easter.html

This one is really interesting - it first points out that both Easter and Christmas are originally pagan festivals and then raises the following question - Who converted who? Has Christianity hijacked pagan festivals? Or do pagan rituals dilute the truth about Christianity?
http://www.greaterthings.com/JeanKellyS ... Easter.htm

This one adds African and Egyptian origins into the mix...
http://www.trinicenter.com/Gilkes/2002/0304.htm

A bit more about the pagan perspective and the uneasy link between Pagan and Christian perspectives...
http://www.rightdivision.com/html/easte ... ences.html

So you see, celebrations like Easter and Christmas are a lot more complicated than you think!
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Postby markh » Mon Apr 12, 2004 7:45 pm

I do not want this to develop into a religious debate. I did look at some of those links. Personally I don't care what their origins are. I remembered the Crucifixion and Resurrection like we do any other Sunday. In fact our regular Sunday morning service is a remembrance of the Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus.
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Postby Jo » Mon Apr 12, 2004 8:22 pm

Cool. I just think its important to recognise that there are other perspectives & its really really interesting to read about them. I love researching stuff like that, but then I'm a bit sad that way! :lol:
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Postby markh » Mon Apr 12, 2004 8:32 pm

Absolutely I agree. It is good to be educated about all aspects and viewpoints.
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