Commencing with Good Friday, Easter holidays in Australia traditionally lasts for about four days. Easter in Australia is celebrated with immense enthusiasm and Australians are believed to be the largest consumers of chocolate Easter eggs. Australian Easter traditions are in no way different from the Easter traditions of the other countries.
Here too, you will find the churches decorated with fresh flowers and people singing special hymns on Easter Sunday. Hot cross buns and sweets are most delectable items on Easter and are served to friends and family members.
If you are planning a trip to Australia on Easter, then be sure to be a part of the recognized cultural events that run through the entire weekend. Some of the famous events held under the Australian Easter banner include-
In addition to these, a chain of local festivals are held on Easter. Easter weekend is also a time for sports fixtures and some of the popular events are as follows-
- Blessing of the Fleet Festival in Ulladulla, New South Wales
- The Sydney Royal Easter Show in Sydney, New South Wales
- The National Folk Festival in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
- The Australian Gospel Music Festival in Toowoomba, Queensland
Similar to other countries, here too Easter eggs are exchanged on Easter. These eggs are usually decorated with images of chicks or rabbits or covered using colorful foil. Many people organize Easter egg hunts in their gardens or parks.
Different territories and states of Australia follow different trading rules. For instance, in some areas, most of the stores, businesses and organizations remain closed on Easter. On the flip side, some shops in certain areas are given the permission to stay opened.
- Football matches
- Horse racing meetings
- The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race
- The Tasmania Three Peaks Race
- The Stawell Easter Gift
For more details on Easter in Australia, scroll through Christmas Carnivals.