Easter and Christmas are the two major festivals practised by Christian communities (and the general public) in Australia. Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays. People will attend church over this time – predominantly on Friday and Sunday. It is time often spent with family or others will go camping or away for an extended weekend.
As a child we made nests out of sticks, flowers and other materials from the garden and placed these nests at the foot of our bed. On Easter Sunday, we would find chocolate or sugar coated eggs brought courtousy of the Easter Bunny in our nests.
It was with fascination that the customs in Slovenia and Croatia were observed on our travels this Easter. Greater use of decorations is made in these countries in the lead up to Easter. Many shops, restaurants and gardens feature ornaments and dried twigs/branches with decorative eggs hanging from them. In Australia, we eat hot cross buns, but they were not been seen at all. However, there have been cakes and biscuits etc in the shape of chickens and rabbits.
In Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, there were large Easter eggs adorning an area in front of their large cathedral. The flower market stalls had many different floral arrangements and bunches for sale.
What Easter celebrations do you enjoy?