Easter across Europe

This Rick Steves’ special on how Easter is celebrated in Italy, Spain, Greece and Slovenia was wonderful. I had no idea of the colorful, heartfelt traditions that people have kept through the centuries.

He describes holidays and practices from Mardi Gras all the way through Easter Sunday.

I looked for some photos of these holiday practices, but soon learned that this year due to the CCP Virus, they’ve been canceled. My nephew was in Greece for a semester abroad, but had to come home. What a shame as Greece celebrates with lots of passion and color.

I pray next year will be normal and maybe I’ll have the good fortune to plan a trip.

Christianity in Japan

This young woman put together a documentary on Japan’s relationship to Christianity, how its perceived, what Japanese people do believe and how Christians are received in the Land of the Rising Sun.

When I lived there, Christianity was perceived as a foreign religion and as the video states only 1% of the population believes in it. Still because its a densely populated country, I did find churches near me.

I attended Buddhist and Shinto festivals, but as the documentary shows people tended to do them because they were traditions not because they actually believed them or knew their origins. At temples people would post their prayer petitions and people do donate to support their temples, in fact there’s great social pressure to tithe.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Birds

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Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of birds.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Fences & Gates

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Chicago

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of fences or gates.

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Pekanbaru

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London

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Sydney, Australia

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Knots

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Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of knots.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Clouds

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Roads

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Chicago

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of roads.

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Kyoto

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