Easter Monday General Debate

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From the Holiday Act point of view, Easter has “always” been Mondayised.  Because I don’t think, biblically speaking, the Monday after Easter has any specific meaning

Formerly, the post-Easter festivities involved a week of secular celebration, but in many places this was reduced to one day in the 19th century. Events include egg rolling competitions and, in predominantly Roman Catholic countries, dousing other people with water which traditionally had been blessed with holy water the day before at Easter Sunday Mass and carried home to bless the house and food.  (Easter Monday – Wikipedia)

Anyway, that random factoid out of the way, your General Debate awaits:


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  • Ronnie Chow
  • Gazzaw

    Interesting that Easter Monday is not recognised as a public holiday in the USA, Canada or Scotland.

    • LabTested

      I am in Poland. A seriously Catholic country. Good Friday is a normal work day. They only have Monday off

      • As Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the (spring) equinox (as seen by those at the time), it’s really eff-all to do with Jesus and a whole lot more to do with celebrating the onset of spring.


        • LabTested

          Sure. However I was responding to a comment about how different countries treat Easter as a public holiday.

          While I am not religious, I do think the whole Easter thing has been build up around Jesus

          I will be celebrating the spring equinox by going skiing, cos it is still snowing in europe

          • Leaves are coming off here, but we’re still in shorts n shirts weather most days. Bit more rain, which is gratefully received but not yet enough.

          • With the growth of the Christian faith, it was quite common to replace non-christian festivities or celebrations with christian themes. I don’t think it removes the importances of them, but just focusses your faith and the impact of the Christian story. Yes, Easter was a celebration of the coming of spring, and originally a religious event of a god (small g) but to replace it with remembering the crucifixion and rising of Jesus helps us remember that our faith is real to us and more than just some story as others may believe.

    • Phar Lap

      Scots dont even recognise Christmas FFS,nothing new here.

      • Gazzaw

        The Scots don’t celebrate anything apart from National Legless Day aka Hogmanay.

        • blokeintakapuna

          And St. Paddy’s day too… In solidarity of course though

  • oops

    • PlanetOrphan

      But can he make his Nipples “Grow” ?

  • Do you ever get the impression that protests by the Maoris against oil exploration off Gisborne/East coast has nothing to do with concerns for the environment, and all to do with not wanting to do any bloody work?

  • Love the pig!

    • LesleyNZ

      I like the chair and the colourful cover….and the pig.

  • LesleyNZ

    Easter is a pagan festival but it is good that the good news of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of salvation is proclaimed at this time. Same goes for Christmas. Years ago there used to be programmes on telly about Easter and Christmas (from the Bible). No more. Easter and Christmas have become almost totally pagan – which goes hand in hand with the so-called progress the world is making. However – God is in control.

    • Rodger T

      God is in control.

      LoL, lets hope he doesn`t run into a RBT checkpoint.

  • LesleyNZ

    Just wondering – how many women read this blog? Now that Petal is really Peter that is one less “woman”.

    • Random66

      Count me in on the female team :)

    • Hollyfield

      me, too

    • crigs

      I read but I don’t comment. This is the first time.

    • unsol

      Very fee judging by the number of those who actually comment! Aside from you, me, the 3 above I think there is maybe 5 more: Cameron’s wife, Monique Angel, Lindsay Mitchell, muffin & cruiseyman. So not many – definitely a boys club!!!

    • starboard


      • Gayguy

        Seeing as it is known I’m a guy, are you trying to use the word woman as an insult?

        Tut tut, that is rather naughty of you.

        • I think they just want to know if you’re Ken or Camp Mother (I only just got that as I wrote it) (/facepalm)

        • GregM

          Most of us regulars know who you are, where you are, and what you do. and guess what, most of us don’t care about your sexuality, that is your choice. My advise to you is this. Take your finger off the downvote button. A lot of good average bastards like me actually support marriage equality, but by reasons of family, religion or employer can’t actually say it. I am self employed so this is my view…

          The law will pass as it should, and I will raise a glass to that.
          I support the law change, I want my gay and lesbian friends to have the same choices as me.
          You and your partner are welcome in my home with my family anytime, but FFS pull your head in and stop the victim bullshit.


          • Guest

            Well said Greg!!!

            I read something yesterday about a concept Debbie Ford writes about which is asking yourself what you are really committed to if you find yourself in a position where you are unhappy, change that you want or need is not happening.

            One of those things is being committed to the role of victim rather than a genuine desire to address hurt, learn from it & move on.

            I call these people uncommitted complainers where they would rather whinge & play the ‘poor me’ card than be happy.

            With the ME issue I think a LGBT person can fight for this in a constructive way – the likes of Anika Moa does. She applies information & wit to her arguments.

            People like her & my family are why I insist with my big word count on the issue on here :)


    • BJ

      Oh dear, it is time to come out of the closet. Yes I am a happy and gay woman but I can’t help it, I was born this way and I am big enough to admit my conscious self decided to be female – I made that choice around about the time of conception about the same time my conscious self decided to fearlessly face the world as a heterosexual – and now I have to take responsibility for that. And I love being the heterosexual woman that I am.

      • unsol

        Clever, BJ! But I think we all knew you were a girl – just trying to see if there are any others as it is very much a boy blog whether straight or gay!

  • i think we should mondayize in the sense that we have good friday on the monday…. and then continue to have tues wed and thurs off. Im taking this straight to the greens.

    • Random66

      Someone must have run this by the teachers as my kids have tomorrow off as well. That makes Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday – who says teachers have it tough.

      • Gazzaw

        I do. All of our local school’s teachers are working tomorrow. Mind you it is a Catholic school with only one union member.

      • Dion

        They’ve been working 24/7 through the Easter break with no food or water preparing lessons for next week.

    • I think we should get rid of all stat holidays except Anzac Day, and allow people to have their holidays when it suits them.

      • Honcho

        Agreed, extra days annual live at your discretion should you choose to not use them and cash it in so be it.
        Anzac day should not be mondayised at all, the sole reason to have a public holiday midweek is to allow real kiwis to attend a service, if you dont want to attend then you should be forced to spend all day working a rice field being tormented in japanese.

      • GregM

        Yes agree, and Christmas day too.
        It pisses me off when people talk about mondayizing Anzac day. It’s not a holiday, it’s a day to remember those who sacrificed everything to keep NZ the way it is today.

        • Gazzaw

          What pisses me off even more Greg are the retail fuckers who promote Anzac Day Sales. How dare they take commercial advantage of our day of national sacrifice.

          • GregM

            Absolutely. The only money changing hands on Anzac day should be over the bar at the RSA.

          • Gazzaw

            …….and plenty of it!

          • unsol

            I completely agree – I think all shops should be shut on Anzac & Waitangi as sales etc indicate a holiday which is the whole point of JK’s argument – they are not.

          • Gazzaw

            Cheers unsol. 100,000 Kiwis didn’t give their lives in WW1 so that Harvey Norman could flog off 51″ TVs interest free over four years.

  • johnbronkhorst

    and winnie the pig (just like his political namesake), looks out forlornly as he sees his prospective future sink, as he becomes fat on the trough feeding, the deeper his nose goes into it.

    • LesleyNZ

      ………but he is right about having a binding referendum on gay marriage.

  • cows4me

    I wonder how many that despise any thought of religion are still snoring in the fart sack. Surely they will be out tilling the fields, jolly joke, just more hypocrisy.

  • blokeintakapuna

    Once oil & gas reserves off the coast of Invercargill can be extracted, would help with reconfiguring Tiwai Pt as an on-shore processing plant… Bigger than Marsden Pt. maybe?

  • unsol

    Great to be unplugged for a few days then come back to see the same heads spinning on the same pins.

    Can’t say I thought Matt McCarten’s post was particularly insightful, but then I have never thought he was capable of articulating basic arguments or even remotely eloquent. But it was good to see Starboard show some more restraint & to see some classic 2 liners – mick le prick gets laugh out loud comment of the weekend:

    “No Star is one of those self loathing closet cases who sits up late at night spanking to gay porn, while the wife is in bed with he vibrator switched to nuclear. (Star thats why the lights flash n dim) lol”

    Very funny albeit rather mean (makes my dig at cows seem rather innocuous!)…

    Easter Monday – yes it has been Mindayised. But unlike Waitangi & Anzac, Easter is just an excuse for a good holiday & not a day of national significance (for most people)…

  • A thought on political accountability. 99% of voters don’t care for what goes on inside the beltway, just as 99% of those inside the beltway do not care for what goes on outside the beltway. Until this changes, political accountability will never be realised.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Something general for the general debate
    Gun Control:
    “I shot my first Turkey yesterday, scared the hell outa everyone in the frozen food section?
    Personal relationships:
    Given the choice between $1 million and your spouse, what would you buy first?

  • Isn’t this photo kind of illegal? isn’t photographing a prisoner a serious crime? yet it is in the Daily Mail today http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2302083/Still-smiling-Huhne-prison-jacket-pictured-Leyhill-Prison-dubbed-The-Savoy-Slammers.html