I’ve always found Easter to be the most confused of the Christian celebrations. Stealing fertility symbolism from the Pagans and mixing them with the rebirth of Christ just seems the most awkward of amalgamations. Like Beyonce doing a duet with Rage Against the Machine.
Killing in the name of magical bunny rabbits and chocolate eggs?
For me Easter isn’t about the rebirth of the Christ child as human manifestation of God, it’s about the largest unbroken block of holiday time we all get. For me Easter is about family, about friends, about spending quality time with the people in your life who the busyness of working for the man robs us of.
So rarely do we get the opportunity to bond emotionally, physically and compassionately with one another that when you do get public holidays, we should do all we can to nurture and actively celebrate those connections.
Easter’s message of rebirth resonates when it is seen through this perspective and that’s why I despise shops opening over Easter. It’s not for any religious reason, I just view with contempt the free market consumer culture invading the time I want to spend with whanau.
Retailers have 300 other odd days to sell us their shit, to ram it down our throats until we gag love juices for the all mighty dollar, so do we have to fucking tolerate it during one of our rare holiday breaks?
Let’s crucify consumerism for 4 days so we can spend it with the ones who make living our lives worth while.
I promise all true believes of shopping, your messiah malls will return.