I have yet to meet anyone here, besides my flatmate from Hungary, who is at all religious in any meaningful way. Of course, I really only know the University crowd, but still. However, Easter is a big deal. I think it is simply because people get BOTH Friday and Monday (and in some cases Tuesday, or even a nearly 3 week holiday in the case of parts of the University) off from work/school, and thus marks the big fall holiday. Still, I find Easter as the focus of a relatively secular population, fascinating. The lunch talk at work is, "What are you doing for Easter?" and when I went riding with some women a few weeks ago it was also topic of conversation.
I'm headed to Kaikoura tomorrow night to see whales and run a loop that includes a summit of Mt. Fyffe (see runs Mike has listed, it is the first one) on Friday for my "Easter fun." This will test my new shoes on a scree field. I'll report back (see the post Shoes for pictures of the results of 2 scree fields on the old shoes). I hope to mountain bike some new trails (for me) in the Port Hills on Saturday or Sunday and maybe prove a theorem or two. I have some ideas brewing.
What are you doing for your Easter fun?