While the religious roots of Easter may be detaching for the growing number of Australians who profess no religion, spare a thought for non-Western countries who also have to contend with the iconography of Christian holidays that have been refracted through consumerism.
One of the most famous examples of this mistranslation is the story of a Japanese department store nailing Santa to a cross when the country first started rolling out Christmas as a sales event."
I guess that's why I'd have to place myself in the "spiritual, but not religious" camp.
When it comes to world religions it's hard to get to the "real" story, which is why I prefer to follow the heart and brain that "God" gave me and not to be swayed by the fear of man-made hellish stories of eternal punishment.
"In Dubai, restaurants and hotels have planned Easter-themed brunches for residents, while visitors to Tokyo's Disney resorts will be able to purchase up to 60 different types of Easter-related merchandise, while restaurants across the park will be
"offering dishes that contain eggs or look like eggs".
Completing the resorts' Easter marketing bonanza will be a new character called "Usapiyo" — a chick-like figure with white bunny ears."
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