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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Australia’s Easter Traditions

Easter Traditions in Australia:

Australian Easter EggsAustralia has a different style of celebrating the Easter festivity. There are certain things that are specific to Australia. To say for example, in major part of Northern hemisphere,
Easter bunny has a special importance related to Easter festivity. In fact, it is considered to be one of the most important symbols of Easter the vegetable crops and owing to this, the Aussie people have found another alternative Easter symbol, namely Bilby. Easter traditions in Australia are truly unique.

Easter Bliby

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.

Easter Bilby

Easter History

Origin of Easter festival dates back to the Pagan times. It is celebrated to honor the Jesus’ return to life. There are many legends associated with Easter history. One of the Easter story says, that the very name Easter has been derived from Eostre, who was the Anglo Saxon Goddess of spring. Thus, it is also said that the Easter celebration is actually dedicated to the refreshing spring season. This Pagan holiday, Easter is one of the principal religious festivals of Christians. It was earlier addressed as the festivity of Eostre that always occurred during the period of vernal equinox, when the ratio of day to night was exactly the same. But some of the legends say, that this festival Easter actually owes its origin to the Hebrew tradition, instead of the Christian tradition. According to the Hebrew lunar calendar, it falls in the first month also known as ‘Nisan’. According to Hebrew tradition, the reason behind its celebration is that, it was during this period, that Israel after having suffered for 300 years finally got rescued from the bondage of Egypt. But in all the legends, one thing that is emphasized is that, Easter is a grand holiday that is celebrated to glorify the victory of life over death and light over dark

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