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Easter Question

Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:10 am

I have been wondering something since Christmas. Everyone gets all uppity during Christmas. Yes, it is celebrated as the day Christ was born. There should be a celebration. However, when we celebrate the day He rose from the dead, it seems like not even half the energy is spent on it. It seems to me that Easter is a much holier day than Christmas. The day Christ rose to wash our sins clean and give us the promise of everlasting life. Maybe it is just me. What are your thoughts?
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RE: Easter Question

Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:32 am

In terms of Christanity this weekend has about the same level of significance as Christmas. What does differ is that the religious celebration of Christmas in intertwined with the secular celebration of the days getting longer which is where the Christmas tree and Christmas lights on your house originated. This celebration is much older and has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus.
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RE: Easter Question

Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:42 am



Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 1):
What does differ is that the religious celebration of Christmas in intertwined with the secular celebration of the days getting longer which is where the Christmas tree and Christmas lights on your house originated.

Wasn't Christmas arranged to coincide with some secular celebration to convert some group?

Quoting Seb146 (Thread starter):
it seems like not even half the energy is spent on it.

Or money. But the Major League Baseball season started this week too so that is like a whole other holiday. Big grin
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RE: Easter Question

Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:25 am

True about the celebration level of Christmas compared to that of Easter.but then out here since there are other communities too,Christmas is also linked to Santa/Christmas tree,while easter is linked to the easter bunny & the easter egg.

However amongst christians Easter out here is celebrated after Three days of long prayers covering Moundy Thursday/good Friday/Holy Saturday.

We normally visit St Peters church where the occassion is attended by thousands on an open ground & goes on through the entire day till late night for all four days.

BTW Wishing you all a very happy easter "In advance"
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RE: Easter Question

Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:31 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
Wasn't Christmas arranged to coincide with some secular celebration to convert some group?

That is what I heard, too. I have heard Jesus was born in late summer, but to convert people to Christianity, his "birthday" was changed.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
However amongst christians Easter out here is celebrated after Three days of long prayers covering Moundy Thursday/good Friday/Holy Saturday.

My Protestant church celebrates Palm Sunday and Easter. If any members wish to celebrate Holy Week, they can. It just seems like my church (and a lot of churches) put more effort into celebrating Christmas than Easter. It just seems to me it should be the other way around.
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RE: Easter Question

Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:51 pm



Quoting Seb146 (Thread starter):
I have been wondering something since Christmas. Everyone gets all uppity during Christmas. Yes, it is celebrated as the day Christ was born. There should be a celebration. However, when we celebrate the day He rose from the dead, it seems like not even half the energy is spent on it. It seems to me that Easter is a much holier day than Christmas. The day Christ rose to wash our sins clean and give us the promise of everlasting life. Maybe it is just me. What are your thoughts?

You are right, Easter is more important than Christmas to Christians, myself being one.
Christmas has been commercialized more. The significance of Good Friday and Easter is much more than Christmas.
 
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Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:12 pm



Quoting Seb146 (Thread starter):
It seems to me that Easter is a much holier day than Christmas.

Although I'm not a "real" Christian anymore, I think you are absolutely right. Just the other day, I heard a broadcaster on CBC Radio refer to Easter as the most important day in the Christian calendar and based on my Sunday school training from so long ago, that seemed right.

Easter usually heralds the arrival of Spring and there is opportunity to make a secular holiday out of it. But with the always changing date, sometimes we seem to be having Easter in late winter. It might have been easier for the not-so-religious to get more enthusiastic about Easter if it was a fixed date in mid- to- late April.

We had a day-off here yesterday for Good Friday. It was pretty quiet. Most of the stores were closed. It reminded me of the way we had Sundays, not so many years ago.
 
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Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:20 pm



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
We normally visit St Peters church where the occassion is attended by thousands on an open ground & goes on through the entire day till late night for all four days.

Interesting to read about Christianity in India. What are the percentages of Christians in large Indian cities such as Mumbai or Delhi? Is there a full religious freedom for Christians in India?

Quoting TRVYYZ (Reply 5):
You are right, Easter is more important than Christmas to Christians, myself being one.
Christmas has been commercialized more. The significance of Good Friday and Easter is much more than Christmas.

Indeed, because it represents the end of the year, New Year, Santa Claus and as you said commercialization by people and companies (such as Coca-Cola etc.)
 
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Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:53 pm



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 7):
Is there a full religious freedom for Christians in India?

I know very little about religion in India, but I would say that since India is a former British colony, my guess would be there is religious protection for Christians. That is a very interesting topic! Easter in India sounds very unique. I would like to hear more.
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Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:04 am

I always thought the true miracle of Easter was how the bunny laid those colored eggs...

I know, I know, I am *so* going to Hell for that!
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Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:38 am



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 7):
Interesting to read about Christianity in India. What are the percentages of Christians in large Indian cities such as Mumbai or Delhi? Is there a full religious freedom for Christians in India?



Quoting Seb146 (Reply 8):
I know very little about religion in India, but I would say that since India is a former British colony, my guess would be there is religious protection for Christians.

There are more Christians in India than in Canada or Australia but still is only 2.5% of the total population.

Christianity came to India in 52AD, ie, even before it came to Europe. British didn't have much impact in terms of religion in India. Most of the Christianity (Catholicism) was spread by the Portuguese and St. Francis Xavier. But there are others following eastern Christianity/Orthodox etc. who are the oldest since St. Thomas came in 52AD.

Protection of Christians depends on which state you are in and which political party rules that state, I think Christians are most safe in states like Kerala, Goa and some NE states. Kerala has the largest Christian population in India.
 
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RE: Easter Question

Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:37 am



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 7):
Interesting to read about Christianity in India. What are the percentages of Christians in large Indian cities such as Mumbai or Delhi? Is there a full religious freedom for Christians in India?

approx 2.3% but since India is the worlds largest democracy that would amount to approx 23 million.

Quoting Seb146 (Reply 8):
Easter in India sounds very unique. I would like to hear more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_India

Quoting TRVYYZ (Reply 10):
Kerala has the largest Christian population in India.

Mumbai city has a lot of Christians too  Smile

India being a Democracy has numerous religons practised here.....Normally very peacefull.The Urban cities are Very peacefull though.

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RE: Easter Question

Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:44 pm



Quoting TRVYYZ (Reply 10):
Christianity came to India in 52AD, ie, even before it came to Europe. British didn't have much impact in terms of religion in India.



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 11):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_India

Very interesting! Thank you.
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RE: Easter Question

Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:11 pm



Quoting Seb146 (Thread starter):
However, when we celebrate the day He rose from the dead, it seems like not even half the energy is spent on it. It seems to me that Easter is a much holier day than Christmas.

Maybe you are percieving it incorrectly. Maybe it's just that more people celebrate Easter privately through worship service and family dinners.

Both holidays have been secularized to an extent (Christmas more so). I think Easter being more spiritual in nature may be celebrated in a less over the top materialistic way for many.

Quoting TRVYYZ (Reply 5):
Easter is more important than Christmas to Christians, myself being one.

I too agree.
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RE: Easter Question

Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:04 pm

Easter represents the whole point of Christianity, ressurection and the Kingdom of God.
Christianity would have no point without Easter.

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