Thursday, 13 April 2017


Easter is here. Aileen will participate in an event in the city centre, Signing for singers, on Saturday and we will have a large extended family gathering in a Leisure Park on Sunday. How have we acknowledged Easter previously on the blog?

We mentioned Good Friday here and here and Easter Sunday here.
We quoted Poul Anderson on a heathen response to Easter here.
We compared James Blish's Black Easter and its sequel to Poul and Karen Anderson's The King Of Ys here.

(The British Science Fiction Convention always took place over Easter weekend. Someone said that the obvious title for a Con report was "Black Easter.")

The Buddhist festival of Paranirvana is similar to Easter. The room is full of candles. At a pre-arranged point, they are all extinguished, plunging the room into darkness. Then they are relit from one candle that has been kept lit outside the room. A physical return from darkness to light. The light is there when we cannot see it.


  1. Kaor, Paul!

    Even if you no longer believe in Christianity, I hope you and your family have a Happy Easter!

    What you said about the Buddhist festival of Paranirvana reminded me of approximately similar Christian customs. E.g., during the Easter vigil in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher it's customary for all lights to be extinguished at the part of the service commemorating Our Lord's death. THEN, a lit candle shows and all the candles held by the congregation are lit from that light. Symbolizing both resurrection of Christ and the Light He brought to the world.


  2. Sean,
    Happy Easter, also.
    A very similar ritual.