After not a few years in Romania, it never strikes us as anything except astonishing how television news bulletins in this country report religious events.
This morning, for example, the top story on all channels is that Christ Has Risen. That some people clearly believe that he has is not the issue: good luck to them.
But should this be reported as news?
Should we be told by a news reporter that ‘joy has entered the homes of all Romanians this morning?’
And then have the statement go unchallenged?
We think that reporting of Easter should be more, well, earthly, and a bit less heavenly.
Report that millions of people went to church last night (including President Traian Basescu, who used Easter to make a political point: he attended mass in an Orthodox Church in the heart of Romania’s Hungarian area), report what Romania’s Patriarch Chief Beard Daniel said, but don’t tell us that a miracle has occurred (with tongue nowhere near cheek), or that everyone in the country is full of the joys of spring this morning. We are, they might be, but is everyone else? Do they actually know? Have they checked?
As it happens, this Easter Sunday does indeed find Bucharest Life in high spirits, by the sea in Constanta with family and friends. The lamb is in the oven and already smells rather good.
So a Happy Easter to all.
(Even Romanian television news stations).