Monday, March 24, 2008

Why Easter stubbornly resists commercialisation
The most important feast of the Christian liturgical year ‘resists domestication as it resists banalization’. Like with ‘Holiday’ our holy mother the church wisely took pagan natural religion and ran with it: the Northern Hemisphere’s ‘let’s cheer ourselves up in the middle of winter’ fest became the God-man’s birthday party and its spring-equinox one celebrating renewed life appropriately now also celebrates his rising from the dead. Why don’t secular people care about it? From Slate.
As the old saying goes, the American economy is — year after year — driven by two great forces, the Pentagon and Christmas. Why isn’t the greatest Christian holiday of the year more of an economic force?
Terry Mattingly

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