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April 12, 2022

Easter in Australia: Traditions and celebrations

Easter is the time of the year when people in Australia get ready for a hunt for chocolate eggs! No matter your age, Easter is a big celebration you are invited to be part of. 

What are the origins of Easter?

In Christianity, Easter commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and also marks the end of 40 days of fasting and prayer known as Lent, which is considered one of the most significant celebrations in the Christian calendar. 

When is Easter celebrated in Australia?

The Easter traditions in Australia are quite unique. Some of them are activities such as Pancake Day, enjoying hot cross buns (sweet, spiced buns, usually filled with dried fruits), and playing egg-hunt.

Both Good Friday and Easter Monday are national public holidays in Australia. Then this celebration also calls for a break to go on road trips, camping, brunch with friends or family, or simply enjoying a day on the beach. 

Bilby, the Australian Easter icon…Not, it’s not the typical Easter bunny 

Probably, you have in mind the Easter icon is a bunny, but Australia has its hero. Those animals have been hopping around mainland Australia for roughly 15 million years but are now sadly a threatened species.

Pancake Day

Are you a pancake lover? Then get ready to bring your friends to the kitchen, flipping pancakes and enjoy them! How fun is that?

Eggs hunt

Go for a hunt on finding hidden chocolate eggs! There are plenty of activities in the main cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

How many Easter eggs can you find? Most of them are all outdoors – mainly for kids, though. However, age is not a problem when it comes to having fun! Ready, set, go!

Hot cross buns

The smell of hot cross bunds is simply enchanting! It is a spiced sweet bun made with fruit and marked with a cross on the top. This traditional recipe is eaten on Good Friday, and it is the perfect excuse to share time with your loved ones!


How will you celebrate Easter?
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