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Regardless of the religion that celebrates specific holidays ...we are Canadian. We celebrate everyone. Easter can be special to everyone as a holiday that Christians created....but we celebrate because no one is absent from sin and everyone is in need of renewal. Every religion has their own way to lead people towards freedom but perhaps we will all get there with more consistency and power if we observed as much truth as we can. Easter is a beautiful holiday and a long weekend to start our spring cleaning projects... starting out fresh is wonderful!! Look for reasons to enjoy your life, make everything work for you and your path. They are all good and they can all compliment one another to support everyone towards a path of Freedom.
why did one leave their own Islamic country and come to Canada. Is it to spread their religion or live in peace which is not available to them back home.
Hey to all those people trying to state that we Christians should forego our stat holidays because you of alternate religions don't approve, you cannot get a job at Burger King and demand to wear a McDonalds uniform, you adjust to where you choose to work.... Well if you come to Canada, you don't have to celebrate our stats for religious reasons but respect those of us who do.. I am a white male, I have rights too!!!!!!!!!
Amir, I agree with you. In order to truly become a multi-cultural/multi-religious country then Canada needs to recognise that not everyone is Christian. I have personally witnessed on 3 different occasions my co-worker not being able to take Eid al-Fitr off. So, of the Stats how many are religion based. Easter and Christmas. So change the Stat law to allow every Canadian 4 stat days to use as they see fit. There are details to this that would obviously have to be addressed but this a comment on a website not a formal proposal. Happy Easter to those who celebrate.
I'm not religious but I enjoy these holidays and celebrate them how I see fit. If you get the day off then great, enjoy it no matter what your religion is or isn't. Yes I lose pay if I'm off but I gain time with my family.
Holidays should be non denominational and have nothing to do with one's religion when it is a government holiday. It needs to be changed to so many days a year and you can celebrate whatever you want.
Just think what if a Christian living in your home country asking a similar question about holidays -calling Islamic holidays hypocritical and asking to have all Christian holidays observed there? I bet he won't live too long, lol.
If you immigrate to a country following a different religion, respect the tradition while keeping yours. Most Canadian are kind and it's the very thoughts like yours that have been creating tensions within the welcoming and diverse culture. Why can't local Canadian keep having their traditional statutory holidays just because new muslim residents don't like them? While claiming your muslim rights have you thought about other religions? I guess we might as well have no tradition related holidays because there are definitely some people who don't like that tradition! Sorry guys just Saturday and Sundays, not other holidays or statutory long weekends thanking to our muslim friends. Maybe all holidays should be readjusted to cater the needs of muslims, everyone's happy?
Elaine, businesses and the economy are affected when employers are required to pay employees to sit at home. You may think you have an understanding on the diversity of religions, however do you think it wise to have for parents to explain to there kids why we are "celebrating" say, January 7th St. Winebald Day where satanists like to sacrifice and dismember people, or January 17th the Satanic revels where they like to rape young girls, or January 20th-27th the week to abduct a child, perform ceremonies with them and then sacrifice them. This is the problem with religious tolerance, is you need to allow all religions. If these comments regarding satanism offend you, please remember Sharia Law, or Islamic law itself teaches followers that murder and rape are acceptable, and preached. (If shes older than 9).
Amir, The majority of people celebrate Easter because they get a day off work and give chocolate to their kids and say it's from a bunny. Just like most people celebrate Christmas because they get time off work to spend with family and give there kids presents. Although religion may have been a factor in creating these holidays, it's not what people celebrate about them. It's part of our history and culture and we make the best of it by spending it happily with our families. No one is trying to push any religious ideals onto anyone by enjoying these holidays. Don't worry, westerners don't have Kitman or Taqiyya, they don't believe in lying to others to further their religion or murdering non believers.
In response to Amir: Canada as a nation was built or converted to a Christian tradition just as many countries were built or converted to a Muslim tradition. If I went to Iraq or Pakistan I would politiely observe the Islamic customs and try to be respectful. So there is a point where cultural history and religion combine to become one. I think every country has customs such as these. In Islamic Nations I would expect that prayer and worship are part of the typical school day no?
Yes Easter is a Christian holiday and no it is not hypocritical to celebrate nationwide. Canada is a Christian country and while Canadians welcome all religions and cultures, Christianity is an important piece of the nation's history.
I agree with Amir, if we are going to celebrate Christian Holidays then why not all the rest? Exclusion does not make sense to me. Canada is a diverse Country, with People from all over the World. The whole conform and assimilate stuff is nonsense in my opinion.
Being a Muslim, i don't have anything against this. It a holiday - Great. I do see this as being a hypocrite though. So there are these religious holiday and government is off on these days, so are schools, but people praying at school is an issue of mixing religion with government....reality check that has already happened if there is Easter Holiday, Christmas and other Christianity based holidays. Again not saying that there is anything wrong with these holidays, i am very happy to see them and happy for my dear friends who celebrate it. Being in Canada for a long while i see people as people not religion and that everyone is free to celebrate and pray how they like, but aren't we getting a bit hypocritical. If its Islam or anything to do with Islam its wrong, and mixing government with religion, but for any other religion (Christianity mainly that is fine)
My official weekend is Monday and Tuesday so I rarely get a three day weekend I would like to Easter Sunday considered the stat. For one!! I think it would be fairer if I got paid a minimum 4 hrs on all the Monday stats that way I could afford to take a day off every 2 accumulated stat days!
man why we no eat chocolate every dayyy
The reason why some get more days off (holidays) is because they belong to unions who negotiate these extra stats. The rest of us work in union free shops and get whatever our bosses want to give us - usually just the legal stat holidays.
I too agree that people should be able to believe in whatever religion and lifestyle, they choose (as long as its legal and they keep it to themselves. I do not believe anyone has the right to tell others how to worship, who to marry, or what holidays to celebrate. Therefore, I agree with the posters here who suggest that immigrants to our country either go along to get along or go back where they came from. Please do not come here, take advantage of the sanctuary we offer you, take advantage of all we do to help you assimilate into our culture and way of life and then later tell us to start changing our school curriculums, holiday observances, religious beliefs, in order that they more closely resemble yours. You asked us to come here (not the other way around)and while we are happy to give you sanctum, and a safe place to lay hour head we are not prepared to change our country to suite you.
Man, I'm all for people having a holiday break and whatnot, both retailing and government employees alike. But why is there such an emphasis on this and not something like Family Day, where it's relevant in our multi-cultural country?
This whole Easter BS is outdated, and should be renamed to "Best Time to Buy Chocolate Day". Which oddly sounds close to The Day After Valentine's, but I won't get into that.
Government employees do get 2 days around Easter, but they don't get Family day.
I had to work Easter because I'm not a government employee I also worked civic day and rememberance day
I dont follow organized religion, to me its no better than a cult, however i do celebrate some traditional holidays for the kids, Easter use to be one of them now not so much, as far as offending anyone...screw that, when do we get to complain about what other cultures do that is offensive to us ??? - some want the Canadian anthem changed because it mentions god and glowing hearts...SERIOUSLY, if you don't like the country you chose to escape to go back home to where you tried to escape from - if you dont like the traditions dont celebrate them pretty simple,but dont stop others from doing what they believe-- HAPPY EASTER, MERRY CHRISTMAS and that is final, im not changing how i say things - easter eggs is just that ....dates right back to the 1600's so the Muslims can kiss my bunny butt
why is it we only get 1 day and government gets 2, are they employees of the government more important then everyone else.
You already have a break. Easter is Easter eggs and all. We are Canadian and that is our tradition. Any one that tries to take that away will be in trouble. Happy Easter egg hunting.
Easter to me is just another day...I used to do things at Easter when I was a kid,but not anymore...Easter is for kids...Just like Christmas is for kids..
I'm working 6 days a week with only wednesdays off. I'll be working good friday, easter sunday and easter monday. I should get paid for working 2 statutory holidays. It doesn't seem right.
Happy Easter Everyone!
Not allowed to call them Easter eggs or else we offend the Muslims
Give me a break
The statement: "....more important holiday than Christmas since it is the ultimate proof that Jesus is the son of God because he came back from death" is offensive. There can be no such "proof"; whoever wrote this reveals their Christian paternalism. To be accurate it should read: ".....is celebrated by many Christians as the day Jesus rose from the dead."
Our Easter celebrations consists of baking cakes, cookies, pastries and of course colouring cooked eggs wrapped with dough. Also an elabrative feast of lamb, veal, pork and fish and vegetables. But most important is to reunite with family and friends in peace and harmony!
that's illegal - he has to pay you for not working on Good Friday, otherwise its double time!
I certainly respect Easter, but having hardly any family (2), it's a bit of a chore. Somehow most people seem to have about 12 - 14. Not for me.
Lol my boss says we all have to work on Good Friday otherwise we don't get pay
Perhaps I am old fastioned but I place my wife and children above all else. I am a non denominational christian but In too respect all persons right to have their own religious beliefs.
Does anyone still paint/dye eggs anymore? Real eggs? Or is it all plastic eggs from the dollarstore? It's the paint/dye on fingers, cracked eggshells, smell of cooked ham, horseradish and fresh flowers that I want my kids to remember not cheap toys (by cheap i mean bad quality).
Lol ultimate proof, too funny. You Might want to look up the word proof.
we have a family gathering, which is now very small, and getting smaller, 9 at max. For the children we have a easter egg hunt, chocolates usually, and then an easter basket, filled with easter goodies and something non edible like t'shirt, small toy...coloring book..socks, something silly. Adults might give each other cards, or one of my sisters prepares a basket for the adults with adult stuff, t towels, a few chocolates, nail clippers. just a little something. For those of us that are practicing Christians we do the church service each Sunday of the year and Easter Sunday included, some churches have an easter breakfast, fellowship time. Family will gather for a meal, and hot cross buns are always part of it. We will say a grace at each meal but that is our daily practice too. Each person there has their own spiritual belief, we grew up with some teaching and some non belief..some of us are stay at home mom's, others work in eating establishments, nurses, government and non government. so there is a mix in the small group of family. In the end its appreciated time together. One year I brought rabbits for the children to see; another I brought goose eggs, chicken eggs to boil, paint, and blow out the yokes. we laughed, had a good time. Over the years things have changed a little bit. Extended family gone from 60 -40, to 9 of us, as people die, become grandparents, and all created their own tradition. I myself respect all walks or life. I respect the Christian Bible NIV and its teachings. I have gone from Lutheran Mennonite, non denominational, Baptist, Evangelical Mennonite now. In the end, make your tradition yours, respect the ones your with, at work or home. Happy Easter to all.
re: @Shawn It's because most men care more about cars, hockey, beer and sex than they do about their families. I'm a man and to me my family is priority #1 by a long shot, but sadly, I know too many guys who go great lengths to get away from chores - even their own children. I don't have a good solution:( ...and a page about Easter is not a good place to discuss it either.
Why is it up to mother grandmother to get up at the crack of dawn to whip up enough food to feed an army tell me please
To me it does not matter what name you call it by Easter or something else what matters is how you celebrate it. Each of us whether we have been given extra time off or not, or work in an industry that gets no time off can take a moment and observe the day for what it means to us personally. So enjoy your treats or solitude, do what ever feeds your soul and is right for you.
I find myself utterly annoyed every Easter Monday when I have to slug my butt out of bed at 5am and lumber into work to find all government employees enjoying a joyous day off. At that point in the year we haven't even hit "tax freedom day". What an affront to the taxpaying citizens of this country. If I were one of those government employees I'd feel like a louse. Not the emoloyees' fault of course. Annoying.
Did anybody think to realize that the root of the word "Easter"(when you get right down to it) would mean "new life", which is exactly what Christ gives us through his Resurrection. If you look at it from that point of view, than there is no harm in calling the day of his Resurrection "Easter". Also, it is possible that this word was used to help the pagans understand the concept of Christ's Resurrection and the "new life" that comes from it by taking something they already believed in and turning it into something they could more readily relate to. If you go with that theory, than it just so happened that the name stuck, and made it's way into common English, as for we still use the word today.
In the Northamerican culture every holiday is a money making tool and they have made a mockery of very important celebrations and Resurrection Sunday is not exception.
I don't understand why goverment employees and banks have the monday after Resurrection Sunday as a holiday??? It is not explain in this page. I wish it was.
I do not feel that there was intention in the article to offend. "The name “Easter” has its roots in ancient polytheistic religions (paganism). On this, all scholars agree. This name is never used in the original Scriptures, nor is it ever associated biblically with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For these reasons, we prefer to use the term “Resurrection Sunday” rather than “Easter” when referring to the annual Christian remembrance of Christ’s resurrection." ~christiananswers.net
i always go to church then i go to the park, eat lots of choclate and icecream.
I agree with Brian. Easter is called Easter only in anglo-saxon world. Smart way to utilize the paegan holiday of that region. Easter in Hungarian is called Husvet, in French Paques, in my language the direct translation would mean 'Great Night'. Nothing to do with goddess Eastre. Everything with resurection of Christ.
Funny how folks are always quick to "bash" someone else for getting something they aren't. As someone who has worked both gov't and private - to those who think its cushy and undeserved at gov't, I have found equally or more entitlement and waste in industry. And come on folks, this is about Easter, and the comments aren't very Christian. Happy Easter to all.
Your facts on Easter are absolutely false. Easter is celebrated solely because of Christians believing Christ rose from the Dead. There was a festival for the Goddess Eastre that was held around the time we now celebrate Easter. But the origin of the Easter we now celebrate is due to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who died at Passover (a Jewish festival that has predetermined dates). Emperor Constantine's edict was simply to ensure the entire empire recognized the Death of Christ rather than celebrate a pagan festival. But to say that may Christians, in place of Easter, celebrate Resurrection Sunday is insulting, wrong, and insensitive. The holiday only exists because of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
In fact, the name "Easter" is derived from the German oster, & auferstehung meaning 'resurrection'. The timing of Easter - the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ - is determined by the date of Passover, as His crucifixion co-incided with Passover, and His resurrection was "early in the morning on the first day of the week" on the third day after His death.
Easter is a grand time for us, as we, our whole family gather together, there are approximately 60 of us and we do have an outdoor easter egg hunt at my Aunt and Uncles farm and then we break bread together and have fun. And Tammy I am a government employee and though I get paid for 37.25 hours a week(no overtime) I average 60 hours/week because of work load and cut backs. Do I complain? No because I choose to do this job as I think it is important and feel lucky do have it. I have worked hard to get this job by paying my own way through school and working very diligently at what I do. I do appreciate the extra day holiday I wish all of us could enjoy and take the extra time to spend with family and friends. Happy Easter!
Fertility symbols first mentioned in the 1600s? The word Easter comes from the name of a pre-Christian goddess and the symbols of fertility go along with that. Her celebration was during the spring equinox, which the date for Easter is based off of. It is common and accepted knowledge that Christian Holidays were superimposed over older holidays.
Lol@the assumption government employees don't *work*. I am a government employee we all don't sit at desks ect and I will be working Easter Monday like I have years prior. I will be elbow deep in all sorts of matter ensuring animals are slaughtered humanely and fit for human consumption. Very few are willing to spend a day in my government job.
As a secular family we traditionally hunt for eggs and such - all that good commercialized excess that goes with living in western world. Ultimately I take time and 'wishfully think' for a day without hate, religion or greed.
yes if government employees get an extra day off with pay no biggy, its just like any other day at their job,,,the laziest, entitled, over privalaged bunch in this country,,,and to the nurse, no one held a gun to your head to become a nurse,,,while we appreciate the work that you do, many folks work shifts 24/7//365 you are payed much better than most of us,,,above the average person,,,just sayin'
My favorite when I was young was the easter egg hunt! We colored hard boiled eggs and decorated the house.
Government employees get an extra day with pay wah wah wah
Who cares? Good for them.
It's not a race to the bottom - who can work the most for the least pay.
We are still a Christian country so get over yourselves.
We used to live in a small village, everyone went to church on Easter Sunday, I used to get up earlier and deliver Easter eggs to the infirm and anyone who was in a bit of distress, sound commercial? Well it wasn't actually made people laugh and wonder who the real Easter bunny was. To all of the employees who do get off Easeter Friday, Sunday and Monday make good Christian use of it an help someone out if you can.
Me coptic orthodox, from Egyptian church. WE fast 55 days before the Resurrection Feast,not eating meat,fish,eggs,poultry,or any milk products.We celebrate the feast on it's eve in churches by prolonged prayers and praise hymns till after midnight then we start to eat food composed of meat,eggs, cheese etc...WE visit friends and relatives. Our feast usually falls a week after Easter.On Easter Monday we eat colored eggs. A story related to this: One non-christian governor called a patriarch and asked him how Christ is risen from the dead,and the patriarch answered the same as the chick comes out of an egg.
I am a nurse and I love my job, but we have to work everyday 24/7 365 days a year, holidays and weekends. If the government gets paid the holiday Monday we all should, it's a complete waste of tax money.
These posts started off by people sharing Easter traditions, tips, memories, etc. and it has turned into government-bashing. All (appropriate) comments are welcome but please post your comments about the government on the forums page and here on the Easter page only post messages about celebration, food, games, ideas, the long weekend, etc. Thank you!
Canadian Government employees should not get an extra paid day for Easter Monday when the rest of the country has to work.! This is just more ridiculous entitlement thinking that is so prevalent in the Canadian government and it makes me sick.! Tax everyone to the balls while their lazy asses are home collecting free pay. Their overly cheerful answering machines practically say screw you, I'm going home.
I don't understand why, in this age of instantaneous worldwide banking, do we have to put up with having the banks closed for four consecutive days. There is no processing of transactions or financial instruments done during this time, which means that regular transactions that occur monthly and that happen to be after the full moon have to wait four days to be processed, what's next, checking the entrails of a chicken to determine loan eligibility?
Contradiction: rabbits and eggs are symbol of fertility and are mentioned in German literature as early as the 1600's. Later on the page: rabbits are symbols of the Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess Eastre. Anglo-Saxons and Eastre precede the 1600's by centuries.
Ultimate proof? That's a bit of a stretch, but I'm OK with the holiday.
When we was young we would dress up like rabbits and Nannabushki would throw eggs at the wagons passing by and if it didn't break we could boil them in a pot with coins to make them very rubbery. Then we would tie them to the bottom of our shoes and bounce around like the rabbits in our costumes. Other kids would dress like chicken and make cluck cluck sounds but they had no fun shoes. iPads are bad an no fun memories to make from this.
So post office clerks, bank employees and all other government workers have a four day long Easter weekend with Friday and Monday being paid holidays? Do I get this right? I think so. Why such discrimination? Sure, let's make it a four day long weekend...for everyone!
"Sorry, Kids" If your children or the children of anyone you know spend their entire Easter day on their iPads then you are to blame, or that childrens parents, not the child. For example, we are adults, I would sure love to spend Easter all day alone with my girlfriend drinking and doing unspeakable things, but I know my responsibility to my family to spend these days with them, I have a concept in my mind of how fast time goes by and how quickly the loved ones we have can dissapear. But guess what, CHILDREN DON'T, just like YOU didn't when YOUR parents forced you to hang out with your family when you were a kid. They are KIDS, they want to spend their time having fun, not hanging out with us boring old people, that's how things will always be, video games are just MORE accessible now than when we were kids so all that means is you gotta get up off your arse and be a parent a little more often than our parents did.
At the end of the day, I'm pretty sick of people blaming their childrens problems on technology and society. BE A PARENT, that's why YOU are there. Happy belated Easter 2014 everyone. :)
I am from Hungary. Easter sprinkling is a huge deal for kids. Boys would dress up in their best outfits in black pants and white shirts, girls would wake up early and wait for the boys all decked out. The streets would be full of guys and the smell of cologne. We always painted the eggs the day before so they would be ready. The red ones were the most special. Boys would try to collect as many eggs as they could. The girls would try to get up early so they wouldn't be caught in pajamas. Brothers dads and uncles are expected to be the first sprinklers of the women in the family before friends start to arrive. The more girls smelled the better it was LOL. But all the different scents can be overwhelming and nauseating at times. The number of eggs and the nauseating smells were almost like a status symbol for school kids.
When I was 12 my dad woke me and my sister with a glass of cold water. He ripped the warm blankets off and threw the cold water at us and yelled Happy Easter. The worst wake up call we ever got. My mom laughed. I was mad at him for it for a long time. He never woke us like that again and used cologne instead. There were chocolates in egg shaped cardboard boxes that were given as presents to only close friends and family. Otherwise there wasn't so much chocolate as here in the west, and certainly no chocolate egg hunt. We got quite tired of boiled eggs in a couple of days but the preparation and the visits made it very special. I miss it and hate egg hunts where eggs are just thrown on the grass and kids run for them like crazy. What's the fun in an egg hunt where you don't have to work to get them?
I hide the eggs in the garden for my kids to find them since I have boys and we don't know any Hungarian girls to sprinkle. We tell them how many eggs there are and they are happy with just a few when they find them. They enjoy this more than picking up plastic eggs from a small patch of grass. There is no need for a half bag of candy and chocolates in the name of Easter.
When I was young, we started Easter a week early I guess. My parents would by a chocolate chicken and cut a whole in the bottom of it. My task was to create a nice comfortable nest for it and clean out one of my dresser drawers so she had a home. At night, while I was sleeping, my mom or dad would place chocolate egg(s) where the whole was. I would wake up all excited every morning to see if my chicken layed an egg during the night. Easter morning was when she layed her last eggs and they were very beautiful larger ones. After Easter Sunday she was became a grandmother chicken so I understood she could no longer lay any more eggs. This memory holds a very special place in a my heart.
When I was a kid, we'd visit my grandparents. With my my siblings, my 'mum and dad' will take us to our hometown to visit our 'paternal and maternal' grandparents. One of the games we love to play is having fun plucking fruits from the trees high above 15ft from natural ground level (NGL) in our farm. We throw hard objects to make the plucks... sometimes for ease of collecting more fruits, we bring with us long bamboos. Look forward to more 'games and ideas' this 2014 Easter with my family ones again.
From my husbands family we have continued to decorate hard boiled eggs the day before Easter. Overnight the Easter Bunny hides them and in the morning the children will hunt and collect them. Now my children will come home for the weekend with their kids and we will all decorate around the dinning room table for a few hours. There will be a couple dozen eggs this year! It is so much fun and while the little ones learn their skills, the older ones love to make more and more elaborate decorations. There will be lots of chocolate eggs hidden also by the bunny. In the morning each little one will get a basket to put their collections in. Of course grandma will have to make egg salad sandwiches after that for the long trips home by car.
Many of the stories involve grandparents. They knew/know to play. What will kids remember of Easter, what stories will they have to tell their children? "When I was a kid I played on my iPad all day on Easter Monday."
When I was a kid we'd visit my grandparents. With my grandfather we would "roll eggs". He'd set up his checkerboard as a ramp, give us each a few eggs and we'd roll them down the ramp. Due to their shape they would curve as they go down. If you rolled and hit someone else's egg, it was yours. I had as much anticipation for this as I did for Christmas morning. Wish my grandfather was here to roll eggs with my grandkids.
My husbands Italian Family celebrated with throwing coins at the hard boiled decorated eggs. The kids loved it sometimes we were out in the snow others times in short sleeves. Fond memories of their beloved Nonno.
No holidays for two months between Family Day and Easter, which is kind of late this year:( The second half of the year sure is better for holidays.
One year we got a bunch of baby chicks for Easter and kept them in our kitchen for a while. Another year a bunny. Then after a few days we gave them to our relatives who lived on a farm so the animals can grow up there. Not sure if chicks and bunnies like living in kitchens, though, not even for a few days. I loved it as a kid but wouldn't do it now for my kids.
We always eat cooked ham with horseradish, radish, green onions and have tea for breakfast on Easter monday. Of course with hard eggs that we painted the day before!
A game we always played at our grandparents house went like this: we put a hard boiled, painted egg on the floor and from 10-15 feet way we would throw coins at it. If your coin hit the egg and got stuck in it you got to keep it. As kids this provided hours of fun and we got to keep some coins if we were lucky. Not something I would expect to see at this year Easter parties - this tradition goes way back in Eastern Europe before TV and video games were invented.