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As one would expect living in such a wonderful culturally diverse country as Australia, Easter means different things to many of us.
For some, our celebration at Easter has a lot to do purely with an abundance of chocolate and candy, mysteriously delivered by the Easter Bunny. For others, it is a deeply religious and spiritual time. And then there are those of us who see it simply as a great chance to have a super long weekend.
Vote in our poll and tell us what it means in your household?
:flowerz:Loads of chocolate and fun with the kids ! :flowerz:
We don't celebrate Easter...we just eat the chocolate. :p
I didn't answer the poll because there wasn't an option for what it means to me: it's a chance to get together with family.
It's the most sacred time of year for us, we're involved in our church community's commemoration of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, and we spend time with family on the holiday Monday.
For us Easter is chocolate free time. We celebrate by going to Good Friday ceremony and Easter Sunday mass. We share gifts (no chocolate allowed) and talk to the kids about the guy called Jesus and what it all means. My older nephews (20 and 19) spend most of the time griping about pubs closing midnight Thursday and not opening until Saturday! We always have a feast on Easter Sunday at mum's and I make/buy marshmallow easter bunnies. Although this year we only get home on Easter Saturday from OS so there'll be no marshmallow easter bunnies this year!
To us, it means eating choc and having a long weekend.
To me its about the kids being visited by the easter bunny and getting choccy (although DD only gets to eat 1 choccy).And a long weekend. I'm not at all religous so We dont celebrate that part of it.
It's the reason I am a Christian, because Jesus conquered death for me!! It's a time of reflection and celebration:smiliedance::smiliedance:
Long weekend which means I go clubbing :smiliedance:
Jesus is the reason we celebrate Easter..We have a miracle DD who is now 2.
It is also a time of being with family and friends and reflecting of what Jesus has done for us.
It's about celebrating the rising of Christ for us, that is the main thing. It's the biggest festival in our calendar, and it's a religious festival.
We get to church just before midnight and the celebrations there are absolutely breathtaking!:babydust2::yes:.
Chocolate and Hot Cross Buns here... and maybe fish for dinner too.
Ultimately for us its about Jesus... however we do still eat chocolate & enjoy the long weekend :)
Being a christian, Easter is very much about Jesus and what He did for us. But I do admit to enjoying the chololate and long weekend aspects as well. For Easter I always cook up a roast lamb to represent the Lamb of God and we have an Easter Egg hunt with the kids. It is a big celebration as well as a time to reflect on the price that was paid for us.
long weekend for us:)
For me it is a time of reflection. A time to remember that Jesus died for us, but also rose again 3 days later. Good Friday is very quiet and reflective, and Easter Sunday is more joyous as we celebrate his rising. It is a very sacred time for me. I love Easter.
its definately of religious significance to me..i am a christian and without easter, and christs death and ressurection there would be no point to my life...
For me it's a time for new beginnings and for being thankful for having what we have. I see the religious side of it first and foremost and teach my child what it's all about and how it started but for us it's a mixture of everything. Although every weekend is like a long weekend lol since I only work 3 days a week :p
For us, its a long weekend and we are going away, and I'm aloud to eat choccie and not feel to bad:D, thank you Mr Easter Bunny:thumbsup:.
Easter for us is spending time with family as we aren't religious.
Each year we take in turns where we spend easter so the grandparents don't miss out.
Wherever we are, it's always a fish lunch for Good Friday and a roast for Easter Sunday after we've stuffed our faces with chocolate :p
grr cant fill it in.
It is THE most special time for us. It is when Jesus died for us...I loathe to tick it is a religious time.
Its not. It is emotional and amazing. But its not just a religious thing it goes beyond that.
we dont celebrate easter. for me its all about the chocolate lol. and my partner just loves the fact that he gets a long weekend!
For me, its a bit of everything.
Time with family, chocolate, and the religious thing:)
chocolates and presents !
means spending lots of time with the family, getting all the kids together and hunt for chocolate that we hid early that day. It means time to watch old family vids, eat lot of food, laugh and adventuly falling asleep where ever you land! :yelclap:
Easter is a lovely time for us (and has been for 25 years as a family.)
We celebrate family and friends around us, we enjoy the 'magic' of the Easter bunny and chocolate, we talk about the history of Oestre, and how it gained its current significance from its historical origins as a fertility festival (thus eggs and rabbits :), though no-one has ever managed to explain satisfactorily to me how chocolate got involved, but hell, I'm not complaining) and we often cover other celebrations of significance around the globe, especially given the extremely diverse range of kids at the school of the youngest and the level of desire from everyone to know everything, it sometimes seems. A beautiful, fun and special time of year for us!
Parent of 5 from 23 to 4.
I like to quietly commemmorate the death of Christ.
I always feel sad that this fab celebration of Spring and fertility is inverted to the wrong season down under. I would love to be more connected to its real pagan meaning - while I eat chocolate and enjoy easter egg hunts. No longer Catholic so not a religious thing, but kudos to the church for keeping it on the calendar even if it was unintentional.
Honestly, Easter means absolutely nothing to me. It is a Christian celebration, that has been twisted and defiled (like Christmas) by commercialism, consumerism and greed. Rabbits and chocolate eggs are nothing but a gimmick, and people are sucked into spending money and pigging out by big shopping centres and greedy big business. It makes me sad and angry at the same time.
I also HATE the obligation that you need to buy Easter Eggs for everyone you know, and that they have to do the same for you. It's bad enough at Christmas, without putting everyone under pressure at Easter as well.
These are religious holidays, and they should be kept untainted and whole for the people to whom they really mean something. Making them commercial enterprises is just offensive and wrong, in my view.
I just see it as a holiday opportunity to spend quality time with family!
Easter means bloody expensive chocolate and calories, I try to avoid buying to much these days the kids have grown up now so its not exciting or really an event we worry about.
Its a time to celebrate christs crucification and following resurrection. I am aware the date is stolen from a pagan celebration but its the only time of year Christians now know of to commemorate it and it makes my mum so happy if we go to church with her. In the catholic church its a deeply spiritual time which my mum takes extremelely seriously. Oh it is also the time for childrens Easter egg hunts he he. But we don't do Easter eggs for grown ups in my family thank god or I would just have another holiday where I have a million people to buy for
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