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Good Boy, Good Friday.

With the Philippines being a predominantly Roman Catholic country, our commemoration of the Holy Week is nowhere near ordinary. For us Filipinos, it is a time for self-reflection and penance. A series of religious activities are held the entire week, beginning with the blessing of palm fronds on Palm Sunday and capping it off with a vigil and Mass on Easter Sunday.

During the Easter Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday), businesses and commercial establishments cease operations. while local TV stations go off the air or have limited broadcasting hours. For Yue, that meant no malling and no shopping - which is usually scheduled every Friday.

I had to explain to him why there's 'no shopping Friday' today.

 And why we're not going to SM to play at the arcade.

Or go shopping for books, clothes, and toys.

It was a tad difficult for me to find the right words to explain what Good Friday is all about, but I guess he understood the essence of what I was trying to say. I was quite sure of it, because he didn't bug me with endless questions after.

I promised him we'll go Easter Egg-hunting come Sunday instead. Hope everyone's having a soulful and meaningful Holy Week!

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7 replies:

Sumi Go said...

Yue is a smart kid so I'm sure he really understood.. :) Hope you had a safe and meaningful Holy Week sis.


CrazyNutsMom said...

It is great to see such great celebration going on during this time and that even the local stations honor the holy holiday.

It is not like that here in the United States. thank you for sharing this.

Coleen McCrea Katz said...

I am a devout Irish Roman Catholic and spent noon today at stations of the cross. So I relate to you totally. I raised my children just as you did. They attended Catholic school and a Lutheran preschool. So they were taught from the age of 2 or 3 exactly what Good Friday was all about. Thank you for this fantastic post.

Life by Cynthia said...

It is very admirable that you are teaching your boy at an early age. We are trying to with our son too! Good job mom!

Mel said...

you did well sis. lent is also a perfect time to bond with our kids and family too.

Czjai said...

Thank you for the kind words, everyone! Really warmed my heart. I feel accomplished as a mom, despite my lapses. :)

Unknown said...

I love that y'all really take the time to stop and reflect what Easter is all about. We should all take a lesson from you guys and close down for the weekend. And I understand how difficult it is to explain Easter to a youngster. I stumbled over the words myself with my almost 3-year old.