Easter Traditions In Australia 2015: Celebration Guide
Easter festivities are coming up this weekend so we want to have a look at how this holiday is celebrated on the other side of the world: Australia.
Christians in Australia celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 5th. It is the day Jesus rose from the dead after he was crucified. If you are planning to experience the Aussie lifestyle, this is your chance because many Australians take advantage of the long-weekend for a short holiday.
What is there to know about Easter traditions in Australia?
Easter is the most significant event in the Christian calendar as it is associated with spring and new birth. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ following His death by crucifixion on Good Friday. The festival is celebrated with great enjoyment, pomp and splendor. The religious occasion also marks the beginning of the autumn season as spring does not occur in April in Australia. Australia is a land of people belonging to different countries. Hence, different people have brought different traditions with them and thus, Easter celebrations take place in a variety of ways. It is celebrated as a public holiday with church services, rabbit and eggs as the major Easter attractions. Read below to know more about the Easter celebration in Australia.
Easter Celebration In Australia:
Chocolate Easter Eggs
Chocolate Easter eggs and other traditional Easter confectionary have become an important part of Easter celebrations in Australia. During the festive season of Easter, many organizations take the opportunity to raise funds by selling tickets in raffles for baskets of Easter eggs. Beautifully decorated eggs are put on sale. On the other hand, you can also find people decorating Easter eggs beautifully, with the help of colorful paints. Making chocolate Easter eggs is one of the traditions of the Aussies. Many families arrange Easter egg hunt competitions for kids, at their premises.
Sydney Royal Easter Show
In Australia, Easter is celebrated in the autumn season unlike other Northern hemisphere countries, where Easter falls in the springtime. Easter celebration in Australia encompasses of church prayers, Easter bilby and not to forget the colored Easter eggs. The specialty of Easter in Australia lies in the hosting of a unique agricultural show in Sydney known as “the Royal Easter Show”, where the nation’s best produce is exhibited. It also consists of displays of farm animals. Other highlights include firework, hosting of parades, joy rides, delicious food and other fun activities for kids. Easter is a time for family gatherings. Men and women get together and have a gala time. In Australia, instead of the rabbit, Bilby is considered to be one of the major symbolsassociated with Easter festivity. The reason of bunny rabbit being replaced by Bilby is that, the bunny rabbit is reported to have destroyed the agricultural crops. In the reservoir of games, the hot favorite game is Egg Knocking. Among Aussies, Easter celebration commences on Good Friday and ends up on Easter Monday.
The legend of Easter bunny is very much an integral part of Easter in Australia. On Easter morning, the bunny ‘delivers’ chocolate Easter eggs to children. However, since rabbits are unpopular among the locals, because of the damage they do to agricultural crops, in 1991 a campaign was started by the Anti-Rabbit Research Foundation, to replace the Easter Bunny with the Easter Bilby (an endangered native species). The bilby is a small rodent with a long nose and has rabbit-like long ears.
There are many festivals held over the Easter holiday in Australia, apart from Sidney Royal Easter Show. Performers and audiences travel long distances to attend music festivals including the National Folk Festival in Canberra, the East Coast International Blues & Roots Festival at Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, and the Australian Gospel Music Festival in Toowoomba in Queensland. By walking along the streets of the wonderful city of Sidney, you will get to see colorful gift galleries with the latest stock of presents for Easter and relish on the amazing food. So, next time you visit Australia, be sure to witness the festivities of Easter there.