My Family Easter Traditions in New Zealand

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 5th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Easter is a time of religious significance and celebrating traditions, even though not evryone participates in the same way. My family Easter here in New Zealand is possibly different from yours.

Easter means Different Things for Different People

Whilst a large proportion of the world's population celebrates Easter because of it's religious significance, this is not the case for everyone.
My husband and I, and both families we come from, are not church goers and so, whilst we certainly know the true significance of Easter, we have developed our own significance and family traditions for Easter over the years.

Good Friday and Hot Cross Buns

As I sit and write it is Good Friday morning and I've already turned on the oven in anticipation of heating the hot cross buns when finished here. I wish I could say I'd made my own, but I've always purchased our hot cross buns from the bakery. This year I stooped even further and grabbed a couple of packets from the supermarket. If I sit here writing long enough, my husband may even tire of waiting and throw the buns in the oven for me.
For us, that is my husband and I, Good Friday is a day of rest and relaxation. This is always a busy time of year for us and it's not often we choose to come to a complete stand still. This year we've just returned from a few days holiday, so today we'll simply enjoy being at home doing very little.

Easter and Autumn in New Zealand

Here in the southern hemisphere where I live, down under as many call it, we celebrate Easter in Autumn. This means my Easter is different from those of you living in the northern hemisphere who are experiencing Easter as Spring and new life.
Our Easter here is also celebrated during a time of seasonal change, but for us it is Autumn, my favourite time of year. Here Easter is a time of bright autumn colours, lingering sunshine and warmth and a general slowing down.
Autumn has come a little later this year and the trees are still changing. The sun is still shining with a reasonable degree of warmth in many parts of New Zealand, but the days are definitely cooler and shorter. Daylight saving hours came to an end last weekend.

Chocolate Easter Eggs, Horse Racing and Wardrobe Changes

This holiday weekend wouldn't be the same without chocolate Easter Eggs. I've often written of my fondness for Easter Eggs over the years and this year is no different. I hate the way the commercialisation of Easter has these appearing in the supermarkets almost as soon as Christmas is over, but this year I resisted the urge to buy any until a week or so ago. And yes, I have eaten one or two small chocolate marshmallow eggs already.
Horse racing is a popular sport in New Zealand. Once my husband and I would have attended an Easter race meet, but now he prefers to watch TV from the comfort of his chair and I usually choose to do other things.
This often involves resorting the wardrobe, putting away the spring and summer clothing, bringing out the warmer clothes for the cooler weather ahead. This tradition of mine goes back to school days, when Easter was the time to change from summer to winter uniform at school.

Easter Retro Festival

In the city where I live we have a new Easter tradition, a Retro Festival. This started as a trial last year and was so hugely popular it is back. During the long weekend there is a range of activities from the 1950s. This is special for me as takes me back down memory lane to the days of my childhood.
The range of activities includes something for everyone, from old cars to dolls and teddy bears, dancing, music and food, art and movies, collectibles, you name it, if it belongs to the 1950s it probably can be found at the Retro Festival.
Most of the displays and entertainment are priced very reasonably, some even having free admission. I'm certainly looking forward to experiencing some of what's on offer again this year.

A Four Day Weekend

As New Zealand is the first in the world to greet Easter, my Easter has already started. I'm looking forward to my hot cross buns - yes they are about to go into the oven - the chance to relax and the last of the warmer weather.
It is time to slow down a gear or two and prepare myself for the winter ahead. It looks as if it may be a cold one.
I wish you all, no matter where you are, a Happy Easter.

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Autumn, Easter, Easter Eggs, Family Traditions, Good Friday, Holiday, Hot Cross Buns, Long Weekend

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Happy Easter Val. It is Thursday as I write, and this morning we had 20 cm of snow... it is at least melting now, crazy!

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author avatar Val Mills
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Mark, I think the whole world's climate has gone crazy. Love that you're still in Thursday!

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Loved it! And being British I love a good hot cross bun. Great share Val!

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Melissa, and hope you enjoy your hot cross buns as much as I did.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Apr 2012 (#)

would enjoy a good hot cross bun but have to come home for that...happy Easter to you love..

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks cnwriter, hope you have a great Easter.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks for all the details and life in New Zealand. These seasons, festivals add spice to our lives. Agreed the religious fervour varies according to each. Thanks, Val - siva

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Siva, it is the change of season that I enjoy most here.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Val I so enjoyed this article...it is so wonderful to have Easter in Autumn - the earth painted like a Easter egg in blessed celebration..beautiful page thank you my friend:0) have a lovely Easter in your breath-taking part of the world!:0)

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Delicia, I love this time of year.

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author avatar Buzz
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks, Val. Happy Easter to one and all! God bless!

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Buzz, we're into Saturday already here.

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author avatar Carol
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Happy Easter Val, and enjoy your hot cross buns.

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Apr 2012 (#)

You can guarantee that Carol!

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author avatar Christine Crowley
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Happy Easter! Our days are getting warmer and yours are gettting cooler.

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Apr 2012 (#)

It won't be long and winter will really and truly be here.

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author avatar Denise Larkin
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Happy Easter! Excellent article.

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Dense.

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