Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter : Appam and Beef Stew, anyone ?


I have fond Easter memories from my childhood. Honestly it’s the day the fifty-day long lent is “formally” broken and we hog relentlessly into chicken and beef. In the past fifty days, casual and secretive lent breaking might have happened which we shall not reveal and pretend that it dint happen.

So Easter begins with supersonic Spiritual songs piercing my eardrums in the early hours of the day. Back home, there were these few churches which were always at odds against each other, and they hire taxis and huge speakers and go around the neighborhood screaming ‘Christ is risen ! Hallelujah !”  This is a custom which actually is heart-warming and triggers off that Easter mood. However, over the years the churches were competing as to who played the loudest music. So the warm custom became a chaotic one, and a hot topic for verbal contempt among us Christians living in that area. I am surprised as to why the non Christians dint stage a louder protest against this custom for disturbing sleep on a Sunday morning. Anyway this counts as a fond memory because once one is married and written off the books, then the probability of being home for Easter is one out of a million.

The next thing to do is to go to church for the mass. This includes wearing new dress and then comparing it with that of others at the church. The Easter songs, sermon and message will happen in the background. After the mass none of the aunties gathers in circles to discuss the embroidery on the organza saree, because after fifty days of eating leaves and herbs, people are seen rushing home and hog on Appam and Beef stew as if it is an emergency. 

Post breakfast its time to watch movies on TV. The channel guys usually air a “new” movie (released two years back) which would be eagerly awaited by us cinema deprived kids.  After that comes the heavenly Chicken Biryani lunch and an afternoon nap. Later it’s a matter of a small outing and then off to school the next day.

This was our agenda for Easter, each and every year.

Years later in a different country, married and away from parents, I can only say that I remember those days very fondly. And in this part of the world Easter is not as relevant as it used to be and above all, it is a working day! Moreover, I cannot sit at the dining table expecting food to arrive; I have to cook. And clean as well. Gone are the days! But mind you it is not so terrible. I am making a special sweet this time and with the help of my maid we will make it special the way we can.

Oh I just remembered that Christ died very painfully for us on the cross and He resurrected from the dead on the third day. We are celebrating this third day as Easter - the victory of life over death. Amidst the hustle and bustle of making that special Easter lunch, did you also forget Him, like I did?

12 comments:

  1. Lovely post! Just had a walk down my Easter memory lane too. Btw, while I understand you being sad about being away from home, you should remember that you're now in charge of creating lovely memories for Aaron. So, concentrate on making his Easter memories sweeter than yours! Happy Easter in advance!

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  2. Happy Easter... now its your time to make memories for your family, the same way your parents did for you :)

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  3. Anita,

    Nice of you to share your fond memories. We definitely go overboard with loudspeakers and all which I feel is not needed. God resides in our hearts and listens to sincere prayer said silently more than noisy ones.

    Take care

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  4. Fifty days of surviving on just veggies? That must require immense self-control.

    And thanks to our parents for giving us such lovely memories :-)

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  5. thanks anita 4 those consoling words..and sorry for late reply.just returned to sharjah..am really touched..will stay connected:)

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  6. this looks wonderful lovely combination

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  7. A very belated Happy Easter to you and your family Anita! God Bless.

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  8. I didnt Anita...forget I mean. I cried buckets during the service in church[every year I'm getting worse;-/] and then hogged appam & motta curry in church;-D. We have the service on Saturday evening itself, is it like tht in Muscat too???

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