Easter has come again with its usual alarming rapidity, featuring as always, the standard but contradictory mix of commercialism and religion. Who says this particular festive season has anything to do with the death of a man named Jesus? In Hong Kong at this time of year, any pretence of commemorating a religious event seems to go out the window. Lai See admits at this point to not being religious - but has come to appreciate holy references here and there as offering some sort of counterbalance to Hong Kong's relentless commercialism. However, you would have had to look hard for even cursory religious references in the places where business gets done during this festive season. While Christmas is marketed in shopping centres and supermarkets with at least the odd nod to Jesus, with features like nativity scenes, depictions of Easter around town pay homage strictly to another God. This one is called Mammon, and his presence is signified by endless rows of Easter Bunnies and gaudy eggs in shops around town. We guess there's nothing new in all this. After all, using holy festivals to start that cash turning over is an age-old art. And perhaps Jesus might not have begrudged businessmen the opportunity to revive their flagging fortunes during hard times - even if they are using a sacred religious celebration to do so. Anyway, we also have a sneaking suspicion that the thoughts of many businessmen and others around the traps may inadvertently turn to religion, and in particular, the most prominent religious concept doing the rounds at Easter time: resurrection. Indeed, there seems to be a current of resurrection running through popular culture at the moment - in Hong Kong and abroad. It has felt as if the bulk of recent movie hits in town - taking the cue of The Full Monty - have resurrected music long dead. On a slightly biblical note, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is being revived for the benefit of Hong Kong audiences. And the Hong Kong Tourist Association didn't want to miss the boat on this music resurrection trend. It showed it was right up to date on the score of reviving old music by using the 1980s kitsch pop classic, Fame, to market us to the world. Yes folks, when it comes to resurrecting things you thought you would never hear again our humble tourist authorities are up there with the best of them. This particular season, we have also seen the resurrection of a different kind on the tourist front: the return of the 'bargain-priced' holiday ticket that really is a bargain. With tourism levels at rock bottom, airlines are desperate to get people on to their planes - and are actually willing to discount their prices. Suddenly, you can get to Taiwan and back for about the price of two return tickets to Macau. It's a far cry from the none-too-distant past when carriers knew they had you by the short and curlies and would charge whatever they saw fit for any form of international travel. On a related subject, anyone looking for a bit of a dabble on the market this week may have run into a small problem. Even hardened observers noted that the normally intense atmosphere of Exchange Square was missing. Well, Lai See did some research to get to the bottom of this - and wouldn't you know it, discovered another resurrection in the process: the revival in popularity of the broker's field trip. Brokers around town have apparently decided that this Easter week is the time to trot off and inspect other regional stock exchanges. A staggering 90 headed off to Shanghai this week on a trip organised by the stock exchange to view the Shanghai bourse. Lai See has been informed it is the biggest such trip organised by the exchange and two buses will be needed to haul the intrepid brokers around Shanghai and Hangzhou. The reason the broker field trip has been resurrected in such a big way this Easter is because the market is so quiet. On similar trips in previous years, brokers were far too busy making bags and bags of money to contemplate going. This time apparently, they have plenty of time on their hands. Finally, let us end our discussion about resurrections on an Easter theme. Department store Marks and Spencer has told Lai See of the revival of an old Easter favourite: the hot cross bun. The store chain's general manager on the buying side in Hong Kong, Steve Faniger, tells us the humble bun has been so hot this year, it has been 'by far our biggest seller in the Easter range'. It has even left the store's popular Easter egg lines in its wake. Ah yes - there are few things better than a spot of resurrection to get those cash registers ringing.