But I still made a large meal. Only going to have one main guest because of COVID 19.
So for whatever it means Happy Easter. ;-)
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Neither I nor any of my immediate family pay any attention to Easter.
For me the only notable day is Good Friday: The supermarket is closed so I have to go and get gouged* at the servo if I want a loaf of bread or some milk.
*The 'service' or petrol station which have also become part convenience store. An example of what I call 'price gouging'. I can buy frozen meat pies rolls at the supermarket for $1.25. At the servo, same brand from the pie warmer, often after many hours, $7.00 each .
I really resent that in supposedly secular countries like Australia and New Zealand, we are forced by law to observe Easter as a public holiday with most shops and businesses required to close. The irony is that we're in autumn, and yet we're observing a pagan spring festival hijacked by Christian cultists.
Even as a kid I found Easter a bit disturbing. What's with the all eggs, rabbits, nails, blood, thorns? So much bad chocolate is consumed they ought to call it Obesiter rather than Easter.
"I really resent that in supposedly secular countries like Australia and New Zealand, we are forced by law to observe Easter as a public holiday with most shops and businesses required to close. The irony is that we're in autumn, and yet we're observing a pagan spring festival hijacked by Christian cultists."
New Zealand is called "the land of the long white cloud"; beautiful and poetic. Australia is called "The land of the long weekend" ; blunt and pragmatic.
Australia is one of the most secular nations on earth. With the exception of ANZAC Day ,I suspect most Aussie couldn't care less about the reason for a public holiday. It just means they get time to sleep in and generally have a day as lazy or as active as they choose.
I'd be willing to bet most Aussies share your sentiment about religious holidays, as do I. I suspect not a fuck would be given by most if every religious public holiday was abolished ---AS LONG AS we all still got the same amount of time off.
Most Aussies would probably fight tooth and nail against any move to say abolish Easter and Christmas holidays without replacing them. I'm sure it wouldn't take much imagination to replaces such days with secular holidays. A day off for the Adelaide Cup (horse race) was a good start. Perhaps we could have time off to attend the football or cricket, and national holidays for sporting Heroes such as Don Bradman or explorers such as Captain Cook and Douglas Mawson .The possibilities are almost endless.
The land of the long white cloud (Aotearoa in Maori) could be a comment on the weather. New Zealand does have beautiful cloud formations, though, especially at sunset.
For alternative public holidays, we could learn from the Japanese. They have coming-of-age day, ocean day, mountain day, respect the aged day, spring day, autumn day, culture day, thank the workers day, sports day, and green day among others.
We should replace Easter and Christmas with Beer Day, BBQ Day, Gone Fishing Day, Holden Day...
"We should replace Easter and Christmas with Beer Day, BBQ Day, Gone Fishing Day, Holden Day..."
Yair, but NOT Holden day! Those crunts fooled Aussies into thinking we had 'an Australian car'. Bollocks, even the very first, the beloved FX/FJ was designed in the US.
They also accepted a bail out to stay in Oz, but left anyway. So fuck 'em
We had a brand new FJ holden. Dad had to put a sand bang in the boot to stop tail drift. He drove Holdens for the rest of his life.
ME? I had one holden, my first car. Then drove Nissans for the next 30 years.
** The FJ had links to late '40s Chevys, and was actually designed in the U.S."
Check out this blatantly lying TV ad for Holdens (great ad though) Entitled:Football, meat pies, kangaroos and holden Cars
@cranky47 check out this blatantly lying TV
Oh that's totally dishonest. Everyone knows that New Zealand has the best pies.and footballers.
"Everyone knows that New Zealand has the best pies.and footballers."
I didn't know NZ played Aussie rules. Don't you mean rugby and soccer?. I'll cop to calling Soccer 'football', because it is. Rugby , not so much.
I don't really follow football. Last game I saw was in 1978.
Have never had a NZ pie, so I can't argue that point . Besides, it's moot for me. Because of the diabetes I'm not supposed to eat most baked goods. Pie and other pastries also give me the most shocking heart burn
Football, soccer, Aussie Rules are all the same to me. Last time I was in New Zealand everyone called rugby football and football soccer. Football/rugby is the national religion, and the All-Blacks are its high priests. I'd rather watch grass grow or paint dry, which in any case seem to be the only spectator sports allowed under this lockdown.
NZ pies improved much in the 40-odd years that I lived there. From greasy pastry boxes containing a sloppy mess of gravy and the occasional comb, band-aid, and severed finger, they evolved into crispy flaky pastry pies containing tangible pieces of steak, mushrooms, and other delights in nicely seasoned gravy. But even now they are certainly not health foods, and we only have them very occasionally.
"NZ pies improved much in the 40-odd years that I lived there. From greasy pastry boxes containing a sloppy mess of gravy and the occasional comb, band-aid, and severed finger, they evolved into crispy flaky pastry pies containing tangible pieces of steak, mushrooms, and other delights in nicely seasoned gravy. But even now they are certainly not health foods, and we only have them very occasionally.'
Yair, here yiz can now even buy pies with your actual bits of meat in them. OR even worse, 'gourmet pies';' with a wine sauce! THAT is something which should only be made in the home or by a chef----cheap wine should NEVER be used in cooking unless the dish is for some one you don't like.,
Mercifully, the supermarket still sells the pies of my childhood. From Balfours, with a golden flaky pastry. The filling is a thick gravy, with the occasional small bits of meat.
Thank goodness they haven't managed to ruin the Aussie pasty. Not to be confused with the ghastly , traditional Cornish pasty.which had lots of turnip, fat and gristle.
Check out Balfours website. Have a look at their range. They once had a flagship cafe in the city. It sold buns with REAL CREAM!
But the Easter bunny died for your Chocolate Eggs.
LOL. Seriously I laughed. Sure. It certainly wasn't this guy Christians call Jesus. There's too many beliefs and cultures for any to be correct. We both agree there's no evidence of any god.
And I am so stoned right now almost forgot I started typing this at just your name.
But I absolutely love it. "But the Easter bunny died for your Chocolate Eggs." Cool.
My grandkids love Easter. They think the Easter Bunny rocks. Hunting for eggs and eating chocolate is the bestest. Easter is the harbinger of Spring. Spring is green and lovely.
Yeah the grandchildren love it, but what with the divorce and Covid 19 I have spent 4 days alone at home. Luckily the two eldest boys have phones so I can WhatsApp them, and they can send photos. Ah well work tomorrow, and tbh I'll be glad to get back, only been out once to Tesco this morning. I'm happy to say they have their act together, with social distancing, and most things are restocked, flour for bread making is the only thing I couldn't get.
Yep just waiting for my shipment of Bulbs, tulips, Hyacinth, daffs, jonquils, anitrhi...those things and more. I have hundreds in already from last year and the ones the ants and other things don't eat come up and form a lovely spring show in our communal patch.
The Peacherine is losing its leaves the Lemonade tree is drooping with fruit and the grapevine is browning as is the coffee bush. Soon be time to clean up the hanging and wall baskets, plant more parsley and the other herbs....yep I love spring too, only what 4 months away now?
The only bulbs I can plant here are daffs. If I plant any others, the squirrels treat them like appetizers at a cocktail party.
You have squirrels?
@OM: Don't get your hopes up. I planted squirrels two years ago and not a damn one of them has ever sprouted.
Good one! Let me shake your “hand”!!!
@Cyber --- So I suppose you will not be requesting any of my free Easter posters.
Well, I might want a couple to take out onto the pistol range.
Well we may finally reach 0c and the snow may melt...can’t wait to plant!
Love the chocolate!!! That’s about it. I set chocolate around the house and traditionally call the boys out from their “hidey holes” - the Easter Bunny came and left his chocolate shit!!!!
Add: Horrible horrible thoughts run through my head. I have wild rabbits around my property and of course they come on it. I feed some and one cute white bunny trusted me enough he’d come over - anyway, he died. Found him frozen out stiff the other day. Being so close to Easter I was this close (squeezing thumb &finger together) of putting a little hat and a basket with broken eggs around him and listing him as a victim of the Coronavirus on f/b. I didn’t.
Damn that would have been a cool vid...
It’s bad enough “shattering” the illusions of adults - I don’t want to make 5 year olds cry :(
WTF does bunnies and chocolate have to do with anything? Really. Other than equating roman catholic irrational nonsensical dogma about atonement for some fictitious cheesass myth, more easily to children. Cheessass loves you, and fluffy bunnies and chocolate...yaaaaaaaay.
I got "HE IS RISEN" texts from both siblings. I assume the ALL CAPS means it is REALLY TRUE and REALLY AWESOME. I did not text back "HE IS RISEN INDEED" as likely hoped for.
@NewSkeptic Re: "HE IS RISEN"
They must be fans of David Blaine's street magic shows.
were they talking about their bread?
@NewSkeptic: Text them back and tell them.... "Stop Watching Porn, it's Fucking Easter!"
@Cog - Yeah, my 83 year mother would have absolutely "died" for that comment.