OPINION: True meaning of Easter should be more prominent

IT may come as a surprise to many people these days, but Easter is not all about eating chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and getting four days off work.

There's a serious side to it and for people of faith, Easter commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

Perhaps the true meaning behind Easter should be a little more prominent.

Christ was crucified by the Romans and three days later he rose again.

The religious element of Easter seems to get left behind in the mass exodus of people from the city for one last blast of holidays by the sea.

The hedonistic set will gorge on too many chocolate eggs and hot cross buns and head to Bluesfest to get a bellyful of beer and blues music.

Good Friday used to be a day that was about as quiet as Christmas Day with all stores, offices, banks and petrol stations closed for the day.

They already have NRL games on Good Friday and are now even considering playing AFL footy.

I know Australians are becoming less and less religious, but would it really hurt us to keep the true meaning of Easter in mind when we go about our long weekend?

I don't mean get around with long faces, I just mean be a little more reverent and spare a thought for those believers who still commerorate it by attending church.

Even if you are not spiritual, there's no issue being a little kinder and more tolerant towards one another this weekend.

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