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Keep VG Festival clear of Holy Week- Radio caller

- Richard C. de Castro agrees
The issue of having Virgin Gorda Easter Festival activities during Holy Week has come to the fore again with a resident of Virgin Gorda recently suggesting that pastors take a lead role in persuading government to revere the week. Photo: VINO/File
Talk show host Mr Richard C. de Castro agrees that Holy Week should be kept holy and that the Virgin Gorda Festival activities should not fall within that week. Photo: VINO/File
Talk show host Mr Richard C. de Castro agrees that Holy Week should be kept holy and that the Virgin Gorda Festival activities should not fall within that week. Photo: VINO/File
Prominent minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Bishop John I. Cline has labelled the Easter Festival celebrations on the sister island of Virgin Gorda as being unholy as he feels the events are in no way reflective of anything symbolic of the most holy week in the religious world. Photo: VINO/File
Prominent minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Bishop John I. Cline has labelled the Easter Festival celebrations on the sister island of Virgin Gorda as being unholy as he feels the events are in no way reflective of anything symbolic of the most holy week in the religious world. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The issue of having Virgin Gorda Easter Festival activities during Holy Week has come to the fore again with a resident of Virgin Gorda recently suggesting that pastors take a lead role in persuading government to revere the week.

According to the woman who called in to the Speak Your Mind show with Richard C. de Castro on September 5, 2015 on JTV Channel 55, she heard that the VG Festival and Fairs Committee was already making plans for activities next year and that they should avoid having activities during Holy Week.

Holy Week, which commemorates the Passion of Christ, begins on Palm Sunday 2016, which falls on March 20, 2016, and includes Holy Thursday 2016 and Good Friday 2016. Holy Week 2016 ends on Holy Saturday 2016, which falls on March 26, 2016.

Virgin Gorda Easter Festival 2015 was held from April 3-6.

“I think it is time for all the pastors to come down from their ladder, come together and petition to the Minister for Culture to please ask the festival committee of VG to plan their activities for Whit [Monday] and not the Holy Week. God is not pleased at all with what is going on in the BVI.

“I think that is time that we shut up and come together and put this country back in order.”

The caller said she was saddened to hear that there are young people who don’t know the significance of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Mr de Castro said he read in the online media that a number of persons have been sharing similar views, “that we should keep the Holy Week holy and I think there is a debate going on right now about the type of celebration...”

The host of the show then suggested that the festival committee moves the celebrations around Whit Monday instead of Easter so “the Holy Week could be celebrated as it used to be before we started bacchanaling.”

Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (also known as Monday of the Holy Spirit) is the holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost, a movable feast in the Christian calendar. It is movable because it is determined by the date of Easter.

Whit Monday will be celebrated on May 16, 2016.

“We could suggest to Government that since it [Virgin Gorda Easter Festival] is being funded out of taxpayers money we should have a say in the new direction that we should be going. I quite agree with that caller on that because it also brings to mind another angle, which is the 2007 Constitution that speaks to the role of religion and we need to make sure that all these things are in agreement so to speak.”

‘Nothing holy about VG Festival’- Bishop Cline

It was in April 2015 that prominent minister of the Gospel, Bishop John I. Cline labelled the Easter Festival celebrations on the sister island of Virgin Gorda as being unholy as he feels the events are in no way reflective of anything symbolic of the most holy week in the religious world.

"The only thing that I am put off with in the BVI is the whole carnival thing in Virgin Gorda, which in my estimation, is in no way holy," Bishop Cline had told this news site.

It is his contention that VG Easter Festival does not fit in with the Christian nature of the island of Virgin Gorda. "I don't think they should have moved in that direction to have such a festival or carnival on the Holy Week. I think that is so anti-religious and that I just can't get with," Mr Cline had said.

The pastor of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom on the main island of Tortola had added that to the best of his knowledge this issue has not been raised as one of concern with the people of the Virgin Gorda community but said he had in the past brought it up at the level of the Christian Council.

"I don't think it went anywhere but I think it's clear for all to see..."

13 Responses to “Keep VG Festival clear of Holy Week- Radio caller”

  • DON Q (13/09/2015, 13:01) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Blah blah blah
  • 007 (13/09/2015, 14:03) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    Typical religious arrogance. Sorry pastor Cline but it is not the most holy week in the religious world. There are many other religions other than yours and I would dare to say that the Hajj is part of the most holy week in the world - not easter.

    That said, its all hot air anyway as all religions are manmade in order to keep the peasants under control.

    Let the party continue in VG
  • weed (13/09/2015, 15:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    is this ah real issue
  • shaw (13/09/2015, 16:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    they will be chasing visitors away who come in for that easter weekend.
  • Voter Too (13/09/2015, 17:05) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    All days are evil and it is up to each and everyone of us to have faith and believing in God to turn each day into a good and holy day,week, month or year. What ever we do who do we have to give an account to but our heavenly father. Whether you are a sinner or saint when you do wrong or evil it is not nice in the eyesight of God. So all use us sinners inside and outside the church repent and ask God for deliverance and go and sin no more.
  • Wes (13/09/2015, 19:02) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    All the practicing Christians can observe their christian observances that they want to observ. If people want to party and have festival during Holy Week that is their business. THe Holier than thou Christians can just go to church and leave the rest of people be.

    I don't see why they must force their beliefs and practices on the entire country. We see how that works in Saudi Arabia and countries with Sharia Law. Keep church and state separate. Pastors can climb back up their ladders and sit down. Especially that Cline
  • wize up (13/09/2015, 22:12) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    my question: how long now; we have more pressing issues in this territory such as corruption in high places, child abuse, foreign companies exploiting our people.... all of a sudden everything is wrong ( VG festival been around for years, where were these religious fanatics).... some of these pastors need to focus on themselves first( pot should not call the kettle black, if you live in a glass-house don't throw stones)
  • Hate this island (13/09/2015, 22:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    Freedom of speech should be taken away from ppl in this country. somebody always has a problem with something and have to go on air and talk about it. If you are unhappy here, find somewhere else to go even if you are from here. Stop trying to stop monies coming to the country. sit and and shut up..all this old @$$ dudes with radio shows.

  • too late (14/09/2015, 05:57) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    why de castro them have agree with everything people call and say and cline need teach the word of God and pagan foolish but easter it only part in the kjv bible say easter act 12:4 the the bible does say anything holidays what see in the kjv bible is feast stop preaching about nimrod and tammuz pagan god
    • talk show (14/09/2015, 07:40) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      I agree, talk show hosts should be neutral. This just indicates how unprofessional they are.
  • Boo (14/09/2015, 07:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    Please sit down and continue to fool the people into into giving you tithes to pay for your heaven insurance scheme and your various ranches, houses, and luxury cars.

  • ***** (14/09/2015, 13:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The long and short of this matter some people think it is too much for Virgin Gorda to be bringing in extra money. If holy week (Easter) should not be the time for the Festival, why is it being suggested to put it on another holy day (Whit/Pentecost)? The Holy Spirit is our Mediator with the Father through the Son and should be respected as much.

    If the festival time is to be changed, why not find another more appropriate time for it without interfering with the Christian religious holidays? Perhaps the last weekend in January can be considered for the Virgin Gorda Festival, with the last Monday in January being the national holiday to hold the grand parade. Virgin Gorda deserves a Festival Day.


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