Scenario Two: In the US, thousands of people will participate in Easter picnics and Easter dinners that have been prepared by family and/or friends. In the Philippines, thousands of people have been warned by the health secretary to not buy food from the street vendors to a) save money and to b) avoid getting diseases such as diarrhea, hepatits A and typhoid. Still stuck? OK, one more and then I'll clue you in.
In Scenario One, the main difference between the tradition in the US and the tradition in the Philippines is that, in the US there are not thousands of people nailing themselves to a cross to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ. Nor are there thousands of people in the US who are flaying (removing) the skin off of their backs with whips because they believe it is good for the soul. No, that is what they do in the Philippines on Easter. No, from what I can tell, they're more of a "hands-on" celebratory crowd than we are. Most in the US prefer to read about stuff that involves flagellation and limb nailing. We don't really feel the need for such re-enactments. Or such pain. That's probably why we're all going to hell.