Ok, I have to say, I'm not a big fan of the reckless UK liberal economy and quite often I feel there is no State when it comes to protect people's interest from corporations' search for profit.
But when it comes to mixing cultures, meltin' pot, multiculturalism and multi-ethnic, few places are like London, and in festivities like Easter all becomes clearer.
In Italy Catholic celebrations are a must, I can't imagine an open shop on Easter, let alone Christmas day (unlike in Ireland, airports are open and public transport works, though..).
We live in a globalized world, where national borders are becoming blurry and cultures are mixing up more frequently and quickly than ever, and it's nice to see that everybody can choose how to live their favourite anniversaries as they like.
Londoners are offered with one of the widest range of lifestyles, from the ultra-modern to the zen-type, from the meditative to the sporty, travelling to Asia, Africa, South America with the means provided by ethnic restaurants, "slow food" markets or foreign festivals.
Contradictions and negative aspects are inevitable, one of the worst ones being high prices for goods and services alike, but seeing how cultures and traditions from around world meet and blend with each other is worth a couple of years stay in the UK capital.