Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Sunday

I was promised candles and fireworks. Nobody mentioned a hanging.  The fireworks were more like mortar shells. If I'd sailed into the harbour with no prior knowledge,  I would have assumed that war had been declared.


An effigy of Judas was hanging over the harbour for most of the day and then at 8pm,  was well and truly  annihilated by multiple musket shots up the rear accompanied by cannon fire from the sea wall. 

My image of Easter has been changed forever. No more bunnies, fluffy chickens and chocolate eggs.

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  1. Creased myself laughing at your exchange on Facebook with Essie and the effing Judas burning....sorry, can't take anything seriously after that!! Axxx

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    1. She got huffy with me after that . Efffing youth!!

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  2. Blimey. I knew the Greeks were pissed off but...

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  3. Crikey, that's a bit of ritual I've never seen before!

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  4. Well I'll be! That was a bit rough. I'll take the easter bunny any day!

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  5. Hello:

    This really does seem a little on the brutal side! Certainly a celebration of Easter we have never come across before now. Additionally fireworks are not our favourite things being rather scared of the bangs!!

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    1. More like mortars than our fireworks

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  6. Goodness, must be such a shock! Felt for the kids especially :(

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  7. The kids were enjoying it. I felt sorry for the animals.

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  8. Wow! I think mine would find that lots more exciting than fluffiness and chocolate. We had a bonfire which I found more moving and symbolic of new life than any of the other stuff. Poor ol' Judas!

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  9. Yikes.....We still have the fluffy bunnies and cute chicks and lots of chocolate eggs......

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  10. Dear Annie, these festivals around the world--representative of various religious traditions and pathways always fascinate me. To an "outsider" they sometimes appear grotesque and appalling. But to the believer who has embraced the tradition, they speak volumes. I've never heard of or encountered the tradition you describe i this posting and I always wonder who came up with the idea--probably centuries before--and what it meant to that group of people and whether what today's audience gets from it differs from the worship of the originals. Peace.

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    1. Health and safety issued mean that we wouldn't see anything like this any more in the Uk. don't know about the USA

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  11. They burn Judas here on the evening of Good Friday though Saturday is becoming more popular as the ban on selling booze is lifted then and the boys can get tanked up....

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