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|Easter Traditions : Easter in Australia
Read on to know about Easter traditions and celebration in Australia.
Easter is celebrated in Australia with much fanfare and traditional
fervor. Being a land of aboriginal tribes and exotic animals, Australia
celebrates Easter imbibing its unique native elements. The Christian
churches in Australia observe the Easter Christian Calendar which begins
with Shrove Tuesday and ends with Whitsun (or Pentecost) which is 50
days after Easter Sunday. Good Friday is a day of mourning and on Easter
Sunday churches are bedecked with flowers to commemorate the
resurrection of Jesus.
Chocolate Easter eggs and other traditional Easter confectionary have
become an important part of Easter celebration in Australia. In the lead
up to Easter, many organizations take the opportunity to raise funds by
selling tickets in raffles for baskets of Easter eggs.
The legend of Easter bunny is very much an integral part of Easter in
Australia and on Easter Sunday morning, the bunny 'delivers' chocolate
Easter eggs to children. But 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
The Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australia's largest annual event and
showcases the rich Australian heritage ranging from bushman culture to
the urban city life. It takes place annually at Sydney Olympic Park over
a two week period which includes the Easter long weekend. The show is a
reflection of rural Australia with rural and farming communities exhibit
their livestock and produce.
There are also many festivals held over the Easter holiday in
Australia. Performers and audiences travel long distances to attend
music festivals as diverse as 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.