Started by: disco_diva (inactive)

Just been looking at the tv guide for the Easter holidays.
Not one religous programme. No biblical stories or films or Easter mass live from a Cathedral. Also, no Easter blessing from the Pope.
Is it me imagining it or did we once have all this on the tv?

Started: 1st Apr 2007 at 14:06

Posted by: billy (26053) 

carefull disco my know who in here will come barging in with them thar racist labels.

Replied: 1st Apr 2007 at 16:05

Posted by: danni (inactive)

its all this pc overkill

Replied: 1st Apr 2007 at 16:11

Posted by: disco_diva (inactive)

Freedom of speech billy, thats what it is.The PC brigade should remember that.

Replied: 1st Apr 2007 at 17:11

Posted by: billy (26053) 

freedom of speech is exactly what they are out to destroy, and turn this country into something of a stalinist state.theyve now got their eyes on barbecues????yup..they reckon the councils should slap a tax on anyone caught barbecuing???something to do with abnoxious gases and/or fumes poluting the atmosphere??
rule britannia.....dohhhh, aprils fool day, and i fell for it.

Replied: 1st Apr 2007 at 17:54
Last edited by billy: 5th Apr 2007 at 09:21:15

Posted by: dave© (3507)

Times are a changing, many people aren't into religion these days, when I was younger some fifty years ago, religion permeated every aspect of society and the BBC broadcast many hours of religious programming every week. Much of that has now disappeared in tune with religion’s dwindling number of followers. This isn't anything to do with being PC, it's unlikely that any broadcaster would put stuff on when it doesn't get much of an audience.

By the way billy, I don't think you must've noticed yesterdays date.

Replied: 2nd Apr 2007 at 00:10

Posted by: aussie roy (2574) 

As an atheist,but not an ignorant one,I ask the question on a regular basis,just when does the Christian Easter week begin,and you would be amazed at the number of people who get it wrong,even those who claim to be of the faith.Mind you,they are not helped by those with a commercial interest in the festival. So how many of the members on this forum know?

Replied: 2nd Apr 2007 at 08:51

Posted by: andie9469 (255) 

Psalm Sunday which is the Sunday before Easter Sunday

Replied: 2nd Apr 2007 at 09:16

Posted by: billy (26053) 

i concur with you on the demise of the christian following in the uk dave. but disagree with you on the lack of interest in religion in the uk. if you take one particular religion, this is one religion that is followed and on the increase all over the western world. (know the one i refer to dave

Replied: 2nd Apr 2007 at 09:41

Posted by: disco_diva (inactive)

It does begin on Psalm Sunday.
For 40 days before Easter there is Lent.
Starting on Ash Wednesday.

Replied: 2nd Apr 2007 at 14:52

Posted by: dave© (3507)

aussie roy, I know it's based on the lunar cycle, but not much more than that, billy, I think the religion you're referring to at present is 2.7% of the population.

Replied: 2nd Apr 2007 at 23:48

Posted by: aussie roy (2574) 

Eastertide as it is known,begins on Easter Day aka Easter Sunday and lasts for eight days. Many people refer to Easter Eve,quite wrongly,as Easter Saturday and some even call Maunday Thursday as Easter Thursday,once again incorrect. And you are right Dave,the date of the fetival is determined by the phases of the moon,in fact after the first full moon in April(?),as we all know this year it is the 8th.

Replied: 3rd Apr 2007 at 06:32

Posted by: rnicky74 (1295) 

Can't be the first full moon in April 'cos Easter is sometimes in March.

Replied: 3rd Apr 2007 at 09:28

Posted by: rnicky74 (1295) 

Easter is the First Sunday after the first ecclesiastical fullmoon that occurs after the first day of the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox is fixed as March 21st so Easter can never be before March 22nd or later than April 25th

Replied: 3rd Apr 2007 at 09:50

Posted by: billy (26053) 

thats got my vote nicky74

Replied: 3rd Apr 2007 at 09:52

Posted by: aussie roy (2574) 

Whatever that means Rnicky.I had to look twice at the "V" word,being the cynical sceptic that I am.

Replied: 4th Apr 2007 at 01:00

Posted by: dave© (3507)

It's rather strange that the christian religion should allow itself to be manipulated by what can only be construed as stargazing, surely, this shows that the whole thing is a myth. Then again, religion tries to dominate the superstitious.

Replied: 4th Apr 2007 at 01:20

Posted by: billy (26053) 

what you christians complaining about, no christian progs this easter???what about the "VICAR OF DIBLEY"???

Replied: 4th Apr 2007 at 09:39

Posted by: john joseph (3197)

If you really want to work it out then type " NISAN 14" in your task bar

This date is a movable date governed by the moon cycle on the jewish calendar
on this date Jesus died

This year nisan 14 falls on the 13th of April
so it looks like your are celebrating Easter day before Jesus died

"Easter day" has no references in the bible


Replied: 4th Apr 2007 at 16:37

Posted by: billy (26053) 

JJ...i think you are overlooking an important fact here
to begin with, christianity had no festivals of its own to celebrate. it selected those that appealed to it from the pagan calender.easter was just one of them.i am of course talking from the onset of christianity.

Replied: 4th Apr 2007 at 17:44

Posted by: john joseph (3197)

you are right in what you say regarding Easter,and other celebrations
Christians did celebrate "The passover" which occured on nisan 13 and were doing just that on the evening before jesus died

and as you say
Easter is of pagan Origin as is Christmas


Replied: 4th Apr 2007 at 19:23

Posted by: ozzielass (1742) 

Is there any mention of Easter Eggs in the Bible?? They seem to be the definition of Easter these days - not that I am complaining being a chocaholic

Replied: 6th Apr 2007 at 05:01

Posted by: ozzielass (1742) 

On a serious note in answer to your thread DD, obviously aussies are more religious than the brits, we have a midday movie on Good Friday, Mary, Mother of Jeses and Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ at 11 pm other than that there is as much football as you can poke a stick at, nothing new there.

Glad to see they haven't changed our Friday night feast of RL, 2 games on tonight. In the words of Roy & HG Slaven "Too much football is never enough". My sentiments exactly Which leads me to how is my other favourite team the cherry and whites going against the arch enemy??

Hope they don't get beat, I'll be depressed and when I am depressed I eat more chocolate Might have to get stuck into my eggs a bit early. How did all that chocolate get on my keyboard? Bloody kids.

Replied: 6th Apr 2007 at 06:01


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