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2 April 2020
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Were none of you thrown into any religion when you were born?

While I'm baptised and confirmed and can never leave the register of Catholics, I don't actually identify as a Catholic. On the last census, I put myself down as "No Religion". I go to mass on occasion when my mam (who very much is Catholic, she goes to mass every day etc. but she has no problem with gay people or abortion or anything so we'll call her a liberal Catholic) wants me to, so that's mainly Christmas and Easter. I do it to keep her happy and for me to not go would make her upset and it's just an hour out of my life so I don't particularly care.

Also for the cultural image that America has of excess and gluttony (sorry Americans), it's a wonder that the chocolate eggs haven't caught on over there....yet.

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Chocolate eggs are a thing, I just don't like chocolate so I don't partake.

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Aye but looking on the Walmart website, your eggs are only small about the size of your finger at the biggest and seem to be targeted towards Easter Egg Hunts.

Ours can be as large as your head:

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Post office has closed. Been told the cash machine is still working. Off to find out and praying.

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I'm not from European or American cultures so may I ask about some Easter traditions in the area? If so, I have a few questions:

1) Are Easter eggs actual eggs?

Depends. There are chocolate eggs, which are either solid chocolate or hollow and filled with something like creme or caramel. There are plastic eggs, which can be opened up and filled with candy (or broccoli, if you're my grandma). And then there are hard-boiled eggs, which people dye with vinegar. Smell awful, look okay, you'll be eating nothing but eggs for days. My family usually does a mix of plastic and hard-boiled but my 4-H club does chocolate (Cadbury, of course. Everyone likes the caramel eggs but I'm the only one who appreciates the creme ones.)

2) How much candy does churches or family gatherings actually give out?

Also depends. I'm not religious so I can't speak to that but Easters with my family usually result in buttloads of candy.

3) Is Easter as capitalized to the extent as Christmas is, such as discounts and the like?

Not nearly that much. Christmas is like CHRISTMAS!!! and then Easter is like Easter, you know?

4) What are common Easter activities hosted on the day, aside from the usual religious mass or service?

If there are children, egg hunts. If there are not children, probably just fancy clothes and conversation and food made of hard-boiled eggs? I'm not sure.

5) Is the Easter bunny real, and if so does he have the coronavirus or rabies?

HELL YES the Easter Bunny is real!!!!!! And I didn't think of that, I sure hope good ol' Easty doesn't have rabies.

6) Is the Easter Bunny an anthropomorphic humanoid (or in layman terms, a furry)?

The Easter bunny is not but Wumples is for sure

Any proper answers given to any of the questions is much appreciated

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Fank feck!!! Cash machine still working (I can only use a Post Office cashpoint - and the next nearest three are all at least a twenty minute walk, if open). Scary times to be without a bank account and reliant on cash, even knowing there's an offer of help if needed.

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Close to 10 million Americans have registered for unemployment benefits in the last two weeks, more than in the whole of the 2008 crash. American politicians really need to put in place the same kind of measures as have been seen in Europe, keeping workers employed (Governments generally covering around 80% of wage bills) and businesses functional for the other end of this. They're gonna be needed.

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I'm surprised that chocolate Easter Eggs haven't caught on as much in the US as in the UK where they are such an important part of the year, something kids (and many adults) really look forward to each year. Bring in a fortune for the shops that sell them.

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I mean eggs with candy inside are pretty good too and they’re better suited for egg hunts, but otherwise, yeah, we need to get out act together

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Were none of you thrown into any religion when you were born?

No, I wasn't.  I remember a couple of noteworthy Easters in my childhood.  One year my parents gave me a copy of Sgt. Pepper on CD.  Another year I received Paul's All The Best!  Boy did I have a good childhood!

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Were none of you thrown into any religion when you were born?

Yeah I was baptised but I would probably name the wrong branch of Christianity if I tried to say what I was baptised as...

Needless to say I've been atheist the rest my life!

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Were none of you thrown into any religion when you were born?

I was baptized Roman Catholic, had a First Communion, went to CCD* once a week during the school year for eight torturous years, and then was confirmed in eighth grade. All during this time, I went to church like a grand total of 6 times (my mom wasn't/isn't religious, but my dad's side of the family was, so one of his conditions after their divorce was for me to go to CCD and be confirmed) and haven't gone since I got confirmed.

*CCD= Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, if you didn't know: it's basically where they round up Roman Catholic children into a classroom once a week for an hour from first grade until confirmation to learn about Jesus. I remember absolutely nothing from my religious education because I was a very reluctant learner and once in 7th grade I had an argument with one of my teachers about gay rights and in 8th grade I argued with the head lady of the program about sex education. The only person who liked me there was the priest, ironically a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Here's a map, correct as of 2 April... Try to guess what it represents:

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Wow, I'm like the opposite of you all.  I wasn't born religious but I am now.

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Here's a map, correct as of 2 April... Try to guess what it represents:

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Because we're in the Easter Cornonavirus thread, I'm guessing the grey parts are the uninfected areas.

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or better yet in quite a few of those cases, unreported.

Western Sahara is a gray area for most statistics.

North Korea has it, they are just lying.

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No chance Kim is going to announce his country has been infected.

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Points to you both!

The islands scattered around that don't have it make sense, but Western Sahara never reports anything, North Korea is, well... North Korea, and the other countries are all really poor and probably don't have the reporting facilities. Lesotho? Malawi? South Sudan? Yemen? Turkmenistan? Tajikistan? They're all really poor, 3rd world countries who probably don't have access to the tests or medical facilities so prefer to just under-report it. And that's all of the non-island countries on that map.

Pretty worrying really...

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lovelyritametermaid said

*CCD= Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, if you didn't know: it's basically where they round up Roman Catholic children into a classroom once a week for an hour from first grade until confirmation to learn about Jesus. I remember absolutely nothing from my religious education because I was a very reluctant learner and once in 7th grade I had an argument with one of my teachers about gay rights and in 8th grade I argued with the head lady of the program about sex education. The only person who liked me there was the priest, ironically a-hard-days-night-paul-7

What you mean Irish primary school, where you spend 2.5 hours a week learning about Catholicism and ONLY Catholicism under the guise of 'Religious Education' (this is more time than we spend on PE per week, and only half an hour less than we spend on science, history, geography and Irish- isn't that nice?)?

You lap it all up as a kid and then you go into secondary school as a 13 year old and go......"I actually know nothing about Islam". It's not until you're 13 that you actively learn about other religions- it's ridiculous.

In saying that there is a precious series of short clips called Give Up Yer Aul Sins, which were recordings made in 1960's Dublin with working class children telling Bible stories for their teacher. The recordings were found again in the '90's and the lovely Brown Bag animation company made animations to go along with them (and they were nominated for an Oscar, well impressive). Speaking of Easter, here's the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus.

It's quite nice in that you never hear accents that thick anymore, globalisation has wrecked them and the way that they're just talking freely and their turn-of-phrase is quite sweet even when they're telling rather unpleasant stories.

Speaking of my Catholic education (and I'm sorry to Jesus for mentioning both him and 'sex education' in the same post, I still get racked by Catholic guilt anytime I do anything semi naughty). Here is a clip from the GENUINE sex ed video that we watched in school in 2010- absolutely ridiculous. It wouldn't surprise me if they're still showing it.

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What if you come from... oh I don't know... a family who fled a Muslim country and is Islam. Do you have to learn about something that is blatantly not your religion in every school?

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Speaking of my Catholic education (and I'm sorry to Jesus for mentioning both him and 'sex education' in the same post, I still get racked by Catholic guilt anytime I do anything semi naughty). Here is a clip from the GENUINE sex ed video that we watched in school in 2010- absolutely ridiculous. It wouldn't surprise me if they're still showing it.

What the heck did I just watch?  It's so weird hearing that old lady talk about it.  This looks like something that someone made as a joke.

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