Every country in the world that celebrates Easter has its own take on how it is done. For example, in the UK, Easter is celebrated with egg-rolling competitions, eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, decorating Easter eggs, eating chocolate Easter eggs on Easter Sunday, organising Easter egg hunts for children, and the Royal Maundy Service where the queen prepares a gift of special coins to selected individuals in an official ceremony every Maundy Thursday. Brazilians celebrate Easter differently. They celebrate Easter with major carnivals such as the Rio Carnival, people singing, dancing and marching in bright clothes on the streets until there is a party, eating no meat and preparing ‘paçoca’, a Brazilian candy.
In the ‘Land Down Under’, Easter is celebrated in a unique Australian way that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Thus, international students may love to celebrate Easter in Australia and should plan accordingly!
Some things that may be different are:
- Events and festivals are common during this period – the most popular of which is the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which takes place annually at Sydney Olympic Park for 2 weeks including the Easter long weekend. At this show, urbanites get a glimpse of agricultural life in rural Australia.
- Easter means pancakes, hot cross buns, and chocolate Easter eggs! On Shrove Tuesday, many Australian communities celebrate Easter by preparing and selling pancakes and donating the proceeds to charity. Easter also means hot cross buns, which is a popular sweet spiced bun with a white cross indentation on the top that is sold at almost every bakery in the weeks leading up to the Easter weekend. However, while it may seem similar to the UK style of celebrating Easter, a very unique Australian aspect of Easter is the Easter bilby! It is our Australian alternative to the Easter bunny and supports the Australian bilby conservation movement.
- Furthermore, for all international students considering studying in Australia during this period, please keep in mind that Good Friday is a public holiday so all shops are closed! It is also a four-day long weekend so it is a great time to take a mini holiday with friends and family.
There are also more fantastic holidays that international students should think about when planning their study in Australia. Plan accordingly and maximise the enjoyment you will have while living and studying in Australia.
For more information about celebrating Easter Australian-style or about any other fantastic holidays that you may want to think about when planning your studies, get in touch with Spiible at firstname.lastname@example.org today!