Thursday, April 09, 2009
Easter in a Different Culture
Many of you have heard us speak of the many superstitions in the Philippines, some left from the Spaniards many years ago. Today is Maundy Thursday. As Steven and I were walking today, many vans and cars loaded for travel passed us. When I went to the store for a few things this morning, the traffic was already light and there were very few people in the store. And I was shocked to notice that the mall was totally closed today. Tomorrow on Good Friday, the Filipinos feel that because of Jesus Christ's death on Good Friday that there is no protection over them. So, they stay in their homes and don't travel anywhere. Steven and I are going about 1 hour and 30 minutes South to visit one of our favorite pastors, Pastor Larry and his family who has 8 children. We can't wait to travel almost alone on the roads. Normally there are so many people everywhere, that this time of the year really makes us feel rather alone, it's so different and strange. And then when Saturday morning dawns, it's back to life and business as usual. Everything will be open on Saturday and yes, even on Sunday.