Let’s just say I have this recurring fantasy that one day an announcement will come over the pulpit that, yes, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with many of their Christian brothers and sisters around the world, will now observe Lent! What happened on GoodRead More →

When does Sainsbury’s open on Easter Monday? The majority of Sainsbury’s stores will open at their usual times on Easter Monday. This is usually 8am to 8pm for larger supermarkets, or 7am to 11pm for small convenience shops – but check the Sainsbury’s online finder tool for specific hours. IsRead More →

Most shops and supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, theatres, and cinemas are open on Good Friday. As Good Friday is a public holiday, most businesses and organizations are closed, although some stay open. Horse racing used to be banned in the UK on Good Friday, but this is no longer the case.Read More →

Back of the closet. In the garage. In their rooms. In the trunk of the car. In the dryer. Under the couch. Why do we hide Easter baskets? If they forbade the old traditions, they feared people would hold on to their old religion. So, many of the customs thatRead More →

Why? In the Christian tradition, Jesus celebrated a Passover meal with his followers the day before his crucifixion, marked on the Thursday before Easter Sunday. So the date of Easter is connected to the date of Passover. (Passover commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.) DoesRead More →

Replanting. If your plants are well taken care of, your Easter lily bulbs will multiply each year. You can dig up bulbs to move and replant them or pass them on to friends in early spring before they start growing or in the fall once they have died back. WhereRead More →

‘Hanging on a Tree’: Deuteronomy 21.22-23 and the Rhetoric of Jesus’ Crucifixion in Acts 5.12-42. Why is the cross called a tree? Some tell which species of tree was used to fashion Jesus’ cross. Others claim that the cross was made of one of the sacred trees described in theRead More →

Passover and Easter Notably, Easter is also associated with the Jewish holiday of Passover, as well as the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, as described in the Old Testament. What do you say to a Jewish person on Easter? You can also say “chag sameach,” which translates to “happyRead More →

Seventh-day Adventists do not celebrate Christmas or other religious festivals throughout the calendar year as holy feasts established by God. The only period in time Adventists celebrate as holy is the weekly Sabbath (from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset). What holidays do Seventh Day Adventists not celebrate? For them, itRead More →

Given the symbolism of new life and rebirth, it was only natural to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at this time of the year. The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginningRead More →