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Saturday, March 26, 2016

HOLY SATURDAY OR BLACK SATURDAY

My children were asking why this day is called Black Saturday. I asked the same question to my parents when I was a child. My parents would tell me it is a day to be sad and pathetic because Jesus Christ is dead. My mother used to cover the mirror with black cloth, we were not allowed to take a bath from Friday of 3pm until Sunday of 3pm and it was not allowed to turn on nor listen to the radio. If we had a television set that time, maybe it was not allowed to open it, too. We were told to only be praying and asking for repentance of our sins, all because Jesus Christ was dead. It is called Black Saturday because black is the colour of death and of mourning. Mourning for the death of Jesus Christ who still lies in his tomb from his death on a Good Friday until his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Today, the traditions of covering the mirror with a black cloth, of not taking a bath on a Black Saturday and of not turning on to listen to the radio are not anymore being practiced. Few and few people indulge in praying. It is a fact that there is eroding in traditions as a product of modernization. And these traditions, were to me what makes Saturday before a Holy Saturday.

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