Holy Week Before The Internet



For today's lunch, I ate with the yuppies at work for a newer perspective.

Because of Holy Week, we think about what most people would be doing for the several days of downtime. Today, because of the technology that we have, there are lots of options like binge watching movies or series, posting social media updates, listening to Spotify, playing online games and taking advantage of the latest gadgets that we have. Seldom to a few that I heard someone saying that they will use this time off to reflect.
 
 Even the Holy Week traditions that we have before were somewhat changed like the Reading of the Passion with different twists. The meaning of  Visita Iglesia and Station of the Cross were sometimes ignored because the generation now are more focused with depicting it as "artsy" travel pics.

Today, Internet has become a necessity to most people. Without it, they don’t know what to do or how to survive. Their day to day activity revolves around it to the point of addiction, from morning to night time. Losing data connection or slow Internet connection is a nightmare. That is not an option at all.

We then looked back to the days where there is no Internet during this holiday. If we were happier then compared to now. A friend said it is helpful nowadays but some people tend to use on the wrong way or don't know how to use it properly. Before, we just let the days past and  reflect with whatever we have to reflect on. Of course with the restrictions of our parents to not do anything exciting since it is Holy Week. Some play the good old games like Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Taguan and of course different board games. Some rented VHS/Betamax tapes or CDs from VideoCity. My friend said he was sad that the branch near them closed a long time ago. Some went to travel and spend some time with their families. Some participated with Visita Iglesia, Station of the Cross and Alay Lakad to Antipolo. When my parents were younger, we joined the Alay Lakad to Antipolo and when they are not able anymore, my sister and I went there with our friends. It was a tradition that we are not able to continue anymore. I then opted for books. I have my own dream world when I read books plus I don't like to play outside the house because it is hot.

Whatever it is that you plan to do this Holy Week, I hope that we find time to reflect, atone to our sins, celebrate Easter Sunday with our families and have a grateful heart for all the blessings that we have.



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