In the Swedish calendar, Good Friday is called "Long Friday." I think that the word long is more suitable than good. It's nothing good with this Friday at all. But luckily the secularization has emerged and the market forces have taken over, so nowadays you could conduct some business, eat at a restaurant, go to the movies, et cetera. I have learned that people from an older generation had a hard time to come up with something fun to do during this day. This day was totally "dead" (if you don't mind the pun) and the only thing you could do was to sit at home and wait for the next day to come.
Have you seen Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ? I haven't and I don't intend to see it. Read Scott Holleran's article, Jesus Christ Superscar. [Via Mark Wickens.] Here is an excerpt from the article:
"Gibson's Jesus Christ has America's attention. By Gibson's own admission, The Passion presents the essence of religion. It's the Bible told in literal images, imbued with no romanticization of goals as in Lilies of the Field, no sense of jubilation as in Sister Act, no sense of the sublime as in The Song of Bernadette. It's religion offered for what it is -- abject misery here on earth -- with no hint of the larger than life scope of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. The Passion promises vengeful Jews, a weeping whore and the most vile execution; in short, unrefined religion." (Box Office Mojo, 02/25/04.)
Instead of watching Gibson's movie, I will tune into Chocolat's positive world of passion. Another appropriate movie is Monty Python's Life of Brian.
How about a Celestial Rebound drink at T.G.I. Friday's? Cheers!
UPDATE 04/10/04: If you want to learn more about Easter and its Pagan roots, read Chris Davis' post, Happy Easter Weekend! Time for a History Lesson.