Saturday 3 December 2016

A very happy Easter to all our readers

Published 04/04/2015 | 02:30

in more recent times in our consumer-driven society, Easter has been colonised by the multinational conglomerates with chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and the other paraphernalia that goes with such occasions (Getty Images)
in more recent times in our consumer-driven society, Easter has been colonised by the multinational conglomerates with chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and the other paraphernalia that goes with such occasions (Getty Images)
Shops get ready for 'Easter' with chocolates shaped eggs and rabbits made from chocolates placed on showcases in Brussels, Belgium (Getty Images)

Easter is the pre-eminent Christian feast in the calendar and unlike other festivals - which were cleverly colonised by the new religion - it came with Christianity and marked the end of the Lenten period of fasting and abstinence.

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In our history it also marked the rebellion of 1916 and the 'blood sacrifice' that this entailed.

This Easter - and in the weeks and months to come - these events will be commemorated and debated as modern Ireland attempts to come to terms with its past, and the successes and failures of the Republic.

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