I was going to write this post last week, on the curiously named ‘Good Friday’ holiday. But what with one thing and another time slipped away from me and I decided not to. But then I read my friend Anthony’s latest blog post and decided that I would write about Good Friday and Easter after all.

On Friday I thought about Easter and the whole reason for this national holiday. Jesus died today, I thought to myself, but that thought was quickly followed by the question, Did he really?

The Christian faith believes he did, and that’s why we have this holiday which I am not about to complain about. But as I allowed this train of thought to continue I wondered to myself, how come Jesus always dies on Friday? How come Good Friday never falls on, say, a Monday or a Wednesday. Aside the obvious confusion it would cause to celebrate Good Friday on a Monday I couldn’t think of another reason that seemed to fit.

Christmas day has fallen like a drunkard all over the calendar. One year it’s on a Monday, next a Tuesday, then every so often we have a leap year and that sends it all over the place again. Christmas does, however, always fall on December 25th, meaning that we don’t get to call it something like ‘Really Good Saturday.’

So how come then that Good Friday always has to be a Friday? If it’s a day that commemorates the death of Jesus Christ then why don’t Christians pick a date and stick to it rather like they did with Christmas?

Another thing. Why do we give each other chocolate eggs? Was Jesus a chocaholic? And why an egg? Would it not be more symbolic to give each other a chocolate cross or a big chocolate nail rather like the one the Romans used to nail the poor guy to the cross? Granted, on the Sunday Christians celebrate his resurrection, so maybe perhaps the egg could be seen as symbolic of ‘new life’, but where did the bunnies come from?

I made a mental note to pay some attention to this the next time I sat in front of the alter of Google, but alas like nearly all mental notes that I make, I forgot.

However, on Sunday Romy gave Jeffrey and I an easter egg each. That was sweet of her, but then she explained that easter is a pagan festival “hijacked by the Christians” she claimed. Something to do with the goddess of fertility called Estre? I may have that all wrong of course (doubtless some clever person will correct me), but it got me to thinking about how many Christian festivals have been mixed with pagan festivals. I just learned last Christmas that the Christmas tree is actually some pagan thing too and that Jesus was actually born sometime in our summer?!

I have no problem with Christianity hijacking pagan festivals of course. Dubiously naming the day your saviour was murdered as ‘Good Friday’ seems a little odd, but I’ll let that one go on account of the chocolate that I get on Easter Sunday.

In the name of equality and fairness though I would like to see a few Muslim holidays injected into our Calendar. Not the miserable ones where you can’t eat nice food, but the ones where you can stuff your face and have the day off work too. As with the festival of Estre we could rename some Muslim festivals. For example Ramadan could be renamed Ramitdown in celebration of all the food we get to ram down our our throats! It could have all kinds of commercial benefits. I’m sure restaurants would love an festival like that.

There has to be a few Hindu things we can celebrate with days off work too right? We could have Cow Day where we all eat beef or something. Heck, let the Christians hijack all the festivals they want, if it gets everyone a day off work then I’m all for it.

In the meantime I’m wondering where all the Pagan extremists are. Surely they must be a little upset at the Christians for re-branding all their festivals and celebrations?

Make no mistake, I wouldn’t want to encourage any more hatred in the world but such re-branding of sacred festivals has to be worthy of some kind of Pagan retribution, say a drive by fruiting of a church or something? Heaven forbid that anyone should exercise religious tolerance!

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