3 April 2015 is Good Friday (note: not Easter Friday). In New Zealand both the Friday (Good Friday) and the Monday of Easter are statutory public holidays, so libraries will be closed. But Saturday and Sunday aren’t public hols – so libraries will be open – except Linwood Library at Eastgate which will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Ballantynes Easter, Friday 1 March 2013. Flickr CCL-2013 -03-13-IMG_4517-1
One of my favourite Easter things is to crank up the old Victrola and listen to Jesus Christ Superstar. I was raised on the original version with Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene, Murray Head as Judas, and the part of Jesus sung by Ian Gillan, the lead singer of Deep Purple. It is very shouty and sing-a-longa-tastic.
Our other family Easter watch was the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, it had an astonishing cast including Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov and Anne Bancroft. Robert Powell was Jesus, and Ian McShane was Judas. The most beautiful woman ever to light up the screen – Olivia Hussey – was Jesus’s mother Mary. She was Juliet in Zefferelli’s version of Romeo and Juliet. John Duttine from the awesome tv series The Day of the Triffids was the apostle John.
- Want to see some photos of Easters gone by? Have a look at this DigitalNZ set Easter Parade.
- Here’s a list of Easter things – from Judy Garland to Crucifixion art.
Easter Parade heading down Oxford Terrace toward the Catholic Cathedral in Barbadoes Street. Forester’s Hotel is on the left. c. 1950 Flickr HW08-img-fe111