The Holy Week just started. However, many of us are looking forward into the Easter weekend already. Through the years, Easter has evolved into a holiday for gift-giving and sharing. Easter is a special Christian festival which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, Christ died on the cross on Good Friday and came back to life after three days. Easter Sunday usually happens from March 21 to April 25 depending on where the full moon in spring.
Somehow, Easter is the most significant celebration in the Christian holidays. It is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. It is also a symbol of rebirth which is celebrated around during the vernal equinox. Historically, the pagan celebration coincides with the arrival of spring and symbolizes light and awakening of life. The history of Easter unravels significant associations between the early pagan religious practices and the Christian faith. Easter history and traditions that we practice these days do evolve from pagan festivities and symbols. It is also associated with ancient goddess Ishtar to Easter bunnies and Easter eggs. Today, there are modern traditions associated with Easter as a gift –giving Holiday.
Australians commemorate Easter Sunday as the day when Jesus rose from the dead after he was crucified at the Calvary. There are plenty of Aussies who take advantage of long-weekend for short vacation or holiday. However, Easter traditions in Australia are quite unique. Celebrating Easter is the beginning of autumn as spring does not occur in the month of April. Easter celebration in Australia begin with Shrove Tuesday and ends with Whitsun. Easter Bunny is not highly esteemed in Australia. Rabbits are considered as pests and are bearers of bad omen. They use a fictional rodent referred to as “ Easter Bilby” as their main Easter symbol.
Here are some ways how Easter is being celebrated in the “Land Down Under”:
Easter celebration in Australia includes church prayers, brightly colored Easter eggs and Easter Bilby of course. The main celebration for Australia during Easter is the unique agricultural show in Sydney known as “The Royal Easter Show” where the best produce and harvests of the country are being placed on exhibit. There are displays of farm animals, joy rides, firework displays and colourful parades.
There are a variety of Easter festivals that are celebrated in Australia. This includes 'Perth International Arts Festival' film festivals, and 'Sydney Royal Easter Show', which is an annual show which celebrates the diverse multi-cultural heritage of the nation to the liveliness of the city life. There are adventure sports activities which draws maximum crowd and attention from all sections of the Australian population. Cultural events are also happening in Australia during Easter. In different cities around Australia they are various festivals like the National Folk Festival in Canberra, the Australian Gospel Festival in Queensland and Blues and Roots Festival at Byron Bay in Northern New South Wales.
Easter meals are often shared with relatives and friends. This is one of the most important Easter traditions in Australia. The meals may consist of chicken, beef, roasted lamb, vegetables and potatoes.
Since the entire family is together, Aussies take this opportunity to give out gifts for their loved ones. This is where parents are also fond of giving out Easter gift baskets, egg bouquets and presents. If you are looking for some gift ideas for Easter here are some of our suggestions:
Edible Easter Basket (DIY)
This will be perfect for kids 3 to 5 years old. You do not have to buy an actual basket. Instead, you can include boxes of their fave treats and create a box out of the goodies themselves. You simply glue the boxes together.
Come up with a egg bouquet. You can buy plastic egg containers from your local grocery. Fill these eggs up with treats. You can make use of candies, mallows and even coins. Your kids will surely have fun opening the eggs one by one.
Easter basket for your boys (aged 10 to 15 years old ) can be fun too. Find a nice cap and fill it up with goodies. You can include potato chips, chocolates and mints. Whatever your boy fancies!
For kids ages 1 to 2years old, you can come up with a Baby Easter Basket To Promote Motor Play. You can include with toys that will help them develop their motor skills. Buy toys like plastic eggs, stacking cups, shovels and balls. You can even fill the basket with sand castle tools!
iCoverLover Easter Gift List
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