Tag Archives: Christian holidays

But what about the Jewish Easter Bunny?

Even though I’d still really like to be Jewish, I’m not doing a very good job of abandoning my Christian brainwashing. Recently one of my lucky-to-be-Jewish friends was telling me how her grandchild asked her (sotto voice since her younger … Continue reading

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Pentecost

Syncretism is one thing if it happens over centuries. Like let’s say you’re Italian. A long, long time ago your ancestors had a mid-winter festival in honor of Saturn celebrating the birth of the sun; and then Constantine, who ruled … Continue reading

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Shavuot

I wonder if Jesus, assuming he really existed, meant for all the special days he celebrated to get turned into something else. I can understand why his apostles might have forgotten about Passover, given that he died the day after … Continue reading

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Ascension Day

I’m trying for the life of me to figure out how anybody could believe in this, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way is not to think about it too hard. I can get to the belief … Continue reading

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Beltane/May Day

It’s funny that the Catholic Church, in its syncretic fashion, didn’t overlay some important feast on Beltane/May Day. It’s a pretty bad holiday, from a Christian point of view, with all those pagans worshipping that sun/fire god Bel and ritualistically … Continue reading

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St. Mark’s Day

It wasn’t easy for St. Mark to become the patron saint of Venice. For around eight centuries he was just lying peacefully (well, not so peacefully since he was martyred, but at least that was over) in his tomb in … Continue reading

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Patriots’ Day

It’s okay that the dates of Easter and Passover float around, since nobody knows when (or if) they really happened. But although three-day weekends are great, it just doesn’t seem right to me that Martin Luther King Jr. and George … Continue reading

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Eastern Orthodox Easter

It turns out that this day is more accurately Easter, or at least the more astronomically accurate Easter.* The complicated calculation goes like this: Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal … Continue reading

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Easter

It’s a very complicated calculation, involving ecclesiastical and Paschal moons and the vernal equinox, all having to do with the Emperor Constantine who converted to Christianity but didn’t want Easter to be the same day as Passover; as well as … Continue reading

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Holy Saturday, more reflections

The other day I read about an atheist who for an hour each day pretended he believed in God. It’s an interesting thought experiment, especially for this somber purple-shrouded day, the last of Lent. So let’s try. Let’s pretend that … Continue reading

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