Easter in Sydney.
Australia loves a long weekend and Easter in Sydney is one of the best. A four-day weekend (for most people), is a good reason to get away from the city. You can also enjoy one of the many events put on for the occasion. Here is some information to help you out.
When is it?
The dates change each year, in line with religious calendars. It always falls between March the 22nd and April the 25th. For 2018 the dates are 30th of March (Good Friday), 31st of March (Holy Saturday/Easter Saturday), 1st of April (Easter Sunday) and 2nd of April (Easter Monday). So that’s in just over 2 weeks. Exciting right?
What is Easter?
Easter is a Christian-based religious holiday. It is the oldest and most important festival in the Christian Church. Friday is known as Good Friday (where Jesus dies on the cross), then Holy Saturday or Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday (where Jesus rose from the dead and went to Heaven) and then Easter Monday. Each day over Easter in Sydney, is a public holiday. The good news is, even if you aren’t Christian or even religious at all, you can still enjoy the break. Most shops will be open on all days, however check the trading hours, as they often change on public holidays. If you choose to get out of Sydney for a short trip, allow plenty of time for travel and drive safely, stopping every two hours for a snack and a stretch.
Chocolate, more Chocolate and Hot Cross Buns.
After giving up meat and other treats during the lead-up festival of Lent, people are ready to celebrate. The custom is, that the Easter Bunny brings Easter Eggs on the eve of Easter Sunday, for children everywhere. Those that celebrate Easter (and those that don’t), eat hot cross buns for breakfast on Easter Sunday and give gifts of chocolate to friends and family. Easter chocolate can be found in the traditional shapes of eggs and chickens but really any chocolate would be fine. Treasure hunts are popular for many families, with Easter Eggs being scattered around the house and garden. The children with brightly coloured baskets, run around and gather what they can find. Young children are often given gifts of books or soft toys in lieu of chocolate.
Our suggestion, go to the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The Royal Sydney Easter Show is Australia’s largest annual event, with around 800 000 visitors each year. The Easter Show is about bringing the best of the country, to the city. You will find barns and stables full of animals, sewing and cake shows, plant displays, fashions stalls, rides, a show bag pavilion and lots more.
If you would like a really Australian morning tea, the Country Women’s Association (CWA) offer the most delicious scones, jam and cream you will ever have in your life (sorry Grandma). They actually sell (baked fresh on the premises), around 50,000 scones in the 12 days the show is open.
For your main meal, you can try burgers, hot chips and a bacon wrapped turkey leg, or for something a little more international you can have German, Thai, Italian, Spanish, American Barbeque or a tray of freshly shucked oysters. For people wanting to eat a snack on the move, this year’s Show features Deep Fried Lasagne (on a stick), Deep Fried Oreos and Cheesecake on a stick. Then finish it all off with a Wicked Milkshake or Coffee in a cone. You can also find healthier options, featuring a variety of meats, fruit and vegetables. In fact, there is so much food at the Easter Show, you couldn’t possibly eat everything.
SELC offers courses in English, Business, Fitness and Early Childhood Education and Care studies, in the heart of the Sydney CBD and Bondi Junction. There is always plenty to do around Sydney and we give students suggestions, so that they enjoy their time studying and living here in Sydney. If you would like information on any of our courses, don’t hesitate to contact us or have a look at the SELC website.