Like other religious holidays, Easter has both a religious and a secular component. The religious aspect of Easter honors Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday, three days after He was crucified on Good Friday. Prior to this holiday, though, Christians are obligated by their faith to abstain from eating beef and drinking alcohol during the Lenten season.
Like most religious holidays, Easter has both a religious and a commercial component.
The religious aspect of Easter commemorates Jesus’ resurrection on the third day following His crucifixion on Good Friday (Easter Sunday).
Prior to this holiday, though, Christians are obligated by their faith to abstain from eating beef and drinking alcohol during the Lenten season.
On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, many Christians, especially Catholics, observe this requirement. Yet, the majority of devout Christians extend it to all other Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the 40 holy days. So, the lent season means less business for some proprietors of hotels and bars.
“You may not believe it, but we have reduced the amount of beef we prepare for our customers since the beginning of Lent, I never thought Lent period would affect me this much!” said Lea Mbabazi, the owner of New Dawn Restaurant at Kicukiro Centre.
While some hotels, restaurants and bar owners feel the pinch of Lent, some are not affected at all.
“Business during Lent is as usual, people enjoy meat and beers everyday! Maybe all my customers are pagans and don’t care about Lent,” joked Sano Wilson the proprietor of Antique Bar at Kimihurura.
True to Sano’s word, there are several Christians who perceive Lent as another season and do not attach much to it. As the season folds up, those who had suspended visiting bars can’t wait to go back to their favorite joints to knock themselves out!
To all of you who fasted and sacrificed, Happy Easter and for the business people who made losses you’ll agree with me that this has been one long season.