Easter celebration on board HS Onore

Easter celebration

Religious holidays are to be celebrated at home, among families and friends, in the usual routine which keeps us closer to our beliefs and connected with our community. We can go to church or take part in other outside religious ceremonies, we can have festive meals with our extended families or just enjoy the day in any traditional way we are accustomed to.

For the third year in a row – after Easter on board HS Bruckner in 2014 and Easter on board HS Beethoven in 2015 –  this Easter found me on board another vessel, but with the same desire as ever to mark the event and not let it pass by unnoticed. From my point of view, religious celebrations are the best opportunities for all the members of the crew – regardless of their rank or religious beliefs – to sit together, socialize and spend a pleasant time in the company of each other. It is a time when people bond together as part of a same ‘family’ even if of a different type as they are used to.

As HS Onore was in the South China Sea under way to Shanghai and the weather was not so friendly to allow us an outside barbeque, we had to adjust the whole arrangement to the most convenient way. After a lot of thinking we decided to gather the whole crew and enjoy a festive Easter dinner in the Officers’ Messroom where we rearranged the tables and chairs in order to accommodate 24 people. With a lot of delicious and special meals prepared by the galley department and a little extra touch from my side – table arrangement with colourful tablecloth and lots of chocolate eggs – our Easter dinner was indeed festive and everybody enjoyed it to the full.

Easter on board HS Onore

Easter on board HS Onore

Easter on board HS Onore

Easter on board HS Onore

Easter on board HS Onore

Easter on board HS Onore

Easter on board HS Onore

Easter on board HS Onore

As food always tastes better when shared among friends and accompanied by good music, I had a bite from all the goodies displayed on the table – traditional or not – but I remained faithful – forever until the end- to grilled shrimps and raw fish salad.

Although eight members of the crew did not celebrate Catholic Easter, being of Orthodox religion – me included – we all enjoyed the evening and shared the same enthusiasm as the others. We hope we will get the chance of celebrating our Orthodox Easter as well when its time comes and if the busy China ports will allow it.

Until then, I am happy I spent such a wonderful evening among friendly people and I will forever be grateful for the extraordinary opportunity of being part of HS Onore crew.

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