Australia has a wide mixture of cultures meaning there are a number of ways in which Easter is celebrated. However, some Easter traditions and activities remain common across Australia.
What do Australians do to celebrate Easter?
Unlike Europe and other countries in the Northern Hemisphere where Easter occurs during spring, Easter in Australia is in autumn, a particularly beautiful time of the year.
Easter dates fall between March/April and in 2015 will traditonally start on Good Friday and continues through to Monday.
Australians look forward to Easter because it is the longest 4 day holiday weekend throughout the year and many go away to popular holiday spots.
However Australia has vast cultural diversities which means Easter holds different significance to different people. For example, it represents a welcome holiday for many, while others host family and friends for parties and enjoy a range of outdoor activities over the long weekend.
A lot of Australians who observe Easter from a religious point of view will attend church services and a lot of people will enjoy hot cross buns at breakfast time.
Easter Sunday tends to be the most celebrated day with families gathering for barbeques and picnic lunches followed by an age old Easter tradition of hunting for Easter eggs for the kids.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show and National Folk Festival events are held over the Easter weekend as well as the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race and Australian Three Peaks Race in Tasmania amongst many others.
Origins of Easter
Easter is one of the oldest Christian festivities with some pagan practices included. And is a time when decorated eggs and bunnies were pagan symbols of land and general fertility with lots of baby rabbits, chickens and calves being born around Easter.
The cross where Christ was crucified remains an important Easter symbol and is placed on traditional hot cross buns. Other symbols associated with Easter include lamb for diner, decorated chocolate eggs, the Easter bunny and more.
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