AIBU to think that Easter is very English?

(202 Posts)
SodaStreamy Fri 29-Mar-13 11:15:55

It is though isn't it?

England shuts down for 4 days .....Scotland doesn't

Why change the tv schedule .....I wanted to watch this monring but it's off 'for Easter'

I went to England 8 year ago on Easter Sunday and it was shut! England was shut not a single shop open

QuickLookBusy Fri 29-Mar-13 11:36:45

I think you just answered my question with your last post Op!

CloudsAndTrees Fri 29-Mar-13 11:37:15

When I was little, my Scottish family made us decorate hard boiled eggs then find a hill to roll then down. And we'd get chocolate eggs on top.

I always thought the Scots I'd Easter better than my English family.

CloudsAndTrees Fri 29-Mar-13 11:37:30

I'd meant did!

infamouspoo Fri 29-Mar-13 11:38:38

sunday is my shopping day. Everything is shut. I am narked. meh

theodorakisses Fri 29-Mar-13 11:38:45

You should have tried growing up in Greece! Endless sheep brain soups, church visits and everything closed for 8 days.

You should try being in Spain this weekend when the Semana Santa processions are kicking off! Here

Theicingontop Fri 29-Mar-13 11:39:09

..Wait, you're supposed to eat fish today?

haggisaggis Fri 29-Mar-13 11:39:41

My kids are at school today and I'm at work (Scotland). Up to a few years ago we also worked Easter Monday. I think (but haven't checked) that Good Friday is not a recognised Scottish holiday - but as with so much in Scotland it varies greatly from region to region.

In Cyprus Easter is the BIG holiday, far more important than Christmas.

Squitten Fri 29-Mar-13 11:41:03

Easter is celebrated much more in other countries, especially Catholic ones. Easter itself is not specifically Catholic though - it's a Christian festival bolted onto older pagan spring festivals.

wearingpurple Fri 29-Mar-13 11:43:33

The most 'Easter-ish' Easter I ever experienced was in Bavaria.

CadleCrap Fri 29-Mar-13 11:44:10

Carpe There are branches of Christianity. All hoovers are vacuums but not all vacuums are hovers iyswim. Some branches of Christianity recognise all saints day - others don't, doesn't make them any more or less Christian.

I am in Oz and the only things open today (good Friday) are the pubs grin. I am also Scottish and remember going to school on Good Friday (old gimmer)

LynetteScavo Fri 29-Mar-13 11:46:30

You're supposed to eat fish every Friday people, chill out.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Timetoask Fri 29-Mar-13 11:47:21

Do you mean "English" as in compared to the rest of the UK?
Other Christian countries celebrate Easter in a big way. Herein England it all seems to be about chocolate eggs, so no,I would say it is not an English thing at all.

SodaStreamy Fri 29-Mar-13 11:50:53

err no fillida all Scottish shops are open . Hence my OP England closes Scotland doesn't

sarahtigh Fri 29-Mar-13 11:51:54

I think you would find most of Europe is a great deal more shut down at Easter than England/scotland

in terms of spiritual significance Easter is far more important to Christianity than Christmas

Theicingontop Fri 29-Mar-13 11:51:59

Didn't even realise it was good Friday until I looked up the train times and wondered why they were weird. Does anyone even bother with today anymore?

SodaStreamy Fri 29-Mar-13 11:52:40

hard boiled painted eggs to roll down a hill.......yah i've done that

flippinada Fri 29-Mar-13 11:54:04

Well yes some are open, like supermarkets (which seem to be constantly open anyway) and chains but smaller ones shut.

Also was in England last Easter and shops were definitely open.

sarahtigh Fri 29-Mar-13 11:55:40

Scotland was traditionally largely presbyterian which does not major on festivals hence not being so catholic / high church; easter was of lesser importance that say England

The church of scotland is presbyterian not anglican the equivalent Cof E in scotland is called the episcopalian church

LadyBeaEGGleEyes Fri 29-Mar-13 12:03:36

Oh yes the hard boiled egg rolling down a hill grin
I did that when I was a kid too, I lived in Edinburgh and we always used to go to Penicuik (sp) in the freezing cold.
What a totally pointless exercise it was, looking back but it was one of those childhood rituals.

SodaStreamy Fri 29-Mar-13 12:04:55

Indeed @ sarahligh

I'm Scottish

What do you mean by the 'High Church' ?

Montybojangles Fri 29-Mar-13 12:06:56

Ha ha ha, go to Greece/cyprus for the Greek orthodox Easter. Then you may change your mind (if you survive the fireworks being chucked onto bonfires, Guns fired in the air and all night party from sat night right through to Sunday).

roulade Fri 29-Mar-13 12:08:03

Easter is the most important festival of the Christian calendar. It is far more important than Christmas.

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