Good Friday [85/365]

easter_lilyIt’s early morning of Good Friday. In my native tongue, it would be called Long Friday [Långfredag].

Being a kid, and later teenager, Good Friday certainly felt very long. You were hardly allowed to do anything, and certainly not to go anywhere. As I grew up, at times I tried to rebel against my mum, but was always told the same story: “This is nothing!!! When I was young, I had to wear black ribbons in my hair!!!” That was what it was like back then, in Lutheran but also secularized, Sweden. Later on, some store started to keep open on Good Friday, for a few hours, and she was very upset about that. Not because she was extremely religious, but because she was a  traditionalist.

Living here in Saint John now, I get that old feeling of Good Friday back. Now that I’m certainly not a teenager anymore, wanting to hang out with my friends all the time, I appreciate the stillness of the holiday. Here, everything comes to a grinding halt … the silence is almost palpable and this year, even the weather is playing along. The skies are grey as steel, we have freezing rain, it’s as if the whole atmosphere in itself is grey.

26 thoughts on “Good Friday [85/365]

  1. joannesisco

    As a child, Good Friday wasn’t my favourite either. Long was a good way to describe it …. and so was the very long mass we had to attend mid-afternoon.

    Toda,y nothing will be moving. Not only are all the stores closed, but 2 days of freezing rain have encrusted everything in ice. It will be a quiet day.

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      1. joannesisco

        Yes – not much happening here. I’m sure there are a few things open – ie designated as tourist – but for the most part, all is quiet.

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  2. Mara Eastern

    It’s “Big Friday” here and thanks god I live in a highly secular country. I went to get my groceries because most shops are open as usual, but was angered to find out that the pharmacy was closed – like it’s holiday or something. I didn’t realise “Big Friday” is such a big deal elsewhere!

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Back home, in Sweden, it used to be a HUGE deal … Good Friday and Christmas Day were the two days of the year, when everything really came to a stand-still. If you ran out of smokes on any of these days, you were on your own. Well, maybe the big hotel, but then you’d have to pay four times the regular price … at least.

      Back when I was young, Sweden had so many remnants of not being secularized … it’s not like that anymore.

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      1. Mara Eastern

        To run out of smokes during holiday is the worst nightmare. Fortunately, this country is (in)famous for long opening hours and for the shops being open on most holidays. Here you can get your cigarettes at petrol stations – but they might not have your brand – and guess what, the prices of cigarettes are the same everywhere by law.

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        1. Rebekah M Post author

          Whooah?! Even in the hotels? That’s terrific! Both here, and back home, we always have to keep track of where they’re cheapest. Usually, back home it was the petrol station, but now I’ve noticed some brands [L&M, strangely enough] are cheaper in the tobacco store.

          Here, there’s a law so they have to be hidden, even though they sell them. All stores. That came into play a couple of years ago, so many have just a tarpaulin or something like that, as a cover. Talk about silliness!

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          1. Mara Eastern

            There’s a government stamp, or what you call it, stuck on each packet of cigarettes and it states the price for which it must be sold. It wasn’t always the case but it’s been like this for maybe ten or fifteen years. So no more hunting for where the cheapest smokes are…

            I find it odd to hide cigarettes in shops. Why the heck? How am I supposed to choose a brand, should I feel experimental, if it’s hidden from sight? I’m happy to report that you can display anything you like in shopping windows here, including adult magazines. Yep.

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            1. Rebekah M Post author

              I think that was the point: You ‘shouldn’t’ be able to see the brands or feel experimental. I heard something the other day, that they want to change the packages too so they’ll be totally anonymous. All this silliness because ‘they’ think they’ll make people quit. With me, it has the opposite effect.

              Haven’t thought about the adult magazines here, in Canada, but back home, they’re safely tucked away somewhere …

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              1. Mara Eastern

                Oh I see, that was the point! Ok. That’s not very nice. And it’s silly. Nothing will prevent me from smoking if I choose so. When I told not to do something, I’m bound to do it…

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  3. wordsfromanneli

    Beautiful lily photo. Interesting how you look at the stillness of Good Friday. I used to feel the same about every Sunday – all the stores closed and the place seemed to be dead and boring.

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  4. daydreamer2011

    Beautiful flower!

    And yes way back then that day sure indeed was so loooooooong

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  5. Cardinal Guzman

    It’s nice with some days of silence, where shops are closed and the world is moving slower. Easter is the best time to be in Oslo, because all the farmers that has moved here from other villages leave the city to spend time with their families. The rich people go to their cabins and on holidays, while the rest stay in Oslo. The city feels almost deserted.

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      The way you describe it; that’s exactly what it feels like in Swedish towns and cities, on Midsummer! Totally deserted!

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