We know it’s that time of the year that Coles and Woolies have spent the preceding 4 months leading up to, by filling their shelves with a staggering amount of chocolate rabbits. But Easter isn’t all about chocolate, and countries all over the world celebrate Easter a little differently.
Traditionally, the Easter holiday is based around the Christian tale of Jesus being crucified on the cross in Jerusalem and then resurrected from his burial site days later, that appears in the new testament of the Bible. Easter is closely linked to Passover, an event observed by the Jewish faith.
In Australia, there are public holidays for Good Friday, and for Easter Sunday. However, the week leading up to this weekend is commonly referred to as ‘Holy Week’ and many Christians commemorate the Last Supper, where Jesus last dined with his disciples, and the Maundy (washing of the feet ceremony).
While the holiday is rooted in the Christian religion, the holiday is celebrated by non-religious people in Australia as well, often in a truly ‘strayan way that includes a BBQ in someone’s backyard and a heavy serving of hot cross buns. Undeniably, the sign that Easter is near, is the giving and receiving of chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies, and more recently in Oz, the ‘Easter bilby’.
Photo credit: Rose Holley
Eggs were seen as a symbol of the rebirth of flora in Spring, where crops would blossom before the egg was adopted into the Christian religion as a symbol for the resurrection of Jesus. In this way, the egg represents the tomb from which he rose.
Originating from Lutherans in Germany, the Easter Bunny was actually a lot like Santa Claus, in the sense that it roamed around during Easter, deciding whether or not children had been good or bad and presenting them with chocolate eggs if they had been good.
While Easter chocolates are commonplace amongst Christians, Easter is celebrated in a wide variety of ways around the world. From warding off witches, to making mighty big omelettes, we’ve put together an infographic to show how other countries spend Easter.
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As you can see from the infographic, there’s plenty more to Easter than chocolate. If you’re stuck in an office, chances are you love Easter for the long weekend, and what better way to celebrate than with a few drinks and nibbles or some hot cross buns. Get in touch with our team of Easter bunnies to book your catering, and if you’ve been good, you may even get a few chocolates!