It’s time to get EGGcited because Easter 2017 is nearly here.
We have all of the information on Easter public holiday dates, Easter school holiday dates and the reasons behind the Easter public holidays.
The 4 Day Easter Long Weekend
In 2017, Easter will be a 4 day long weekend for most residents of Australia, excluding those that have to work of course. The 4 day break kicks off with Easter Friday on the 14th of April. The Date after Good Friday holiday (Easter Saturday) is on Saturday, 15th of April. Easter Sunday is on the 16th of April and Easter Monday, is on the 17th of April.
Easter School Holiday Dates
In New South Wales, most schools (eastern and western division) will begin their Easter school holidays on Saturday, 8th April. The school holiday break lasts for just over 2 weeks with most students returning on Wednesday, 26th of April. The ANZAC Day public holiday falls on Tuesday the 25th of April in 2017 which is why most schools don’t return until the Wednesday after.
It’s worth noting that school holidays may vary slightly between certain schools.
New South Wales Weather During Easter Holiday Period
The weather during the Easter holiday period in New South Wales is very comfortable, generally sitting between a low of around 13 degrees celsius and a high of around 23 degrees celsius.
The Reasons Behind Easter. Why Do We Celebrate Easter?
Easter is a religious based holiday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
How Are Easter Dates Determined?
Easter and the associated holidays are not fixed dates each year. In recent tradition, Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the paschal full moon (the ecclesiastical full moon of the northern spring) falling on or after the Spring Equinox (March 21). The earliest possible date of Easter is March 22, while the latest possible date is April 25.
How Did Bunny Rabbits And Easter Eggs Become Part Of Easter?
With origins in Germany, the Easter “Hare” originally played the role of a judge, deciding whether children were well behaved or poorly behaved at the start of the season of Eastertide. The rabbit would carry coloured eggs and candy in a basket to the homes of children. The hare was very popular among christian culture as it was widely believed that the hare could reproduce without the loss of virginity, which led to an association with the Virgin Mary. Also, Orthodox churches have a custom of abstaining from eggs during the fast of Lent. They would boil or roast eggs to prevent them from going to waste and then it is assumed that the eggs would be decorated as part of the celebrations.
The Easter Bilby
The Easter Bilby has become a tradition within Australia. The bilby is a native Australian animal and was used to raise money and increase awareness of the plight of the bilby and has also been used to raise awareness of a problem with feral rabbits in Australia. Most money that is donated from the sale of chocolate bilby’s goes to organisations that are created to help save the bilby from extinction.