GOD PÅSKE !!
It is holiday once more and the whole of Norway is in a party mood. Many people I am informed are on a 10 day holiday and so traveling to the countryside, is the best most Norwegians will do. Many have gone for mountain climbing, mountain skiing and flocked the cabins just to have some peace of mind out of the chaos and hustles of the city centers.
“Something I find crazy with Norwegians, the Winter has been here and they all curse about it and how boring long it has been to deal with the snow, then Easter is here and they all flock to the mountains again for mountain skiing” said a colleague at work.
Many people in Norway break from work on Wednesday at 1pm this week and will not be back till Tuesday the following week. This means that many have a full week paid leave. Others have actually been on leave since Friday last week and therefore have one and a half week break. It is also important to note that most shops will be closed during the Easter holiday, so Tuesday and early Wednesday is spent for shopping. Many have gone for travels abroad or within while others have gone camping. For most Norwegians Easter is a family get-together holiday.
“I am traveling to Israel to be with my friends and also do some field work, so I have 8 days away. I always plan to have some time off during Easter to travel abroad” said Zophia, a journalist.
Easter is one of the Christian celebrations to mark the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. One famous verse quoted and taken as the Christian basis for Easter celebration is in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” Without Easter—without the Resurrection of Christ—there would be no Christian Faith. Christ’s Resurrection is the proof of His Divinity.
While many people in Kenya will be spending their time in churches and considering it a moment to repent and a time to share in the death and cruxification of Jesus Christ, not much is done in Norwegian churches.
“Many people have taken a break even from church, unlike in the past it had really been hard to gather a congregation for Easter Sunday services. But the trend is changing and we see a few more people getting interested in Easter and getting to know much about it,” said a church leader at Misjounshuset in Kristiansand.
For the Secondary students who are eager to call it a day after 13 years of school, it is Rødruss celebration and the whole Norway has gone wild and crazy, one month of partying. This is a story on it´s own on my blog soon, be sure to read it!
Whatever Easter means to you as an individual, kindly do remember to share the good news about His Resurrection with someone else. Take time to reflect on Christ´s suffering for you and appreciate the torture He went through to pay for our sins. The same way, lets find it within our heart to forgive those who have deeply wronged and hurt us and consider Easter as a moment of forgiveness and breakthrough.
Happy Easter and do have a blessed time!!