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Exploring Easter: History and Tradition

Embracing Sustainability and Wellness at Easter

As the hues of autumn gently blanket the Australian landscape, signaling the onset of cooler days and longer nights, a cherished celebration quietly approaches—one that encapsulates the essence of renewal, rebirth, and hope. This celebration is Easter, a time-honoured festival celebrated by millions around the globe.

In this article, we introduce the diverse history and traditions that make Easter an integral part of Australian culture:

Spring bud in the morning lightORIGINS OF EASTER

Easter’s origins trace back to ancient pagan traditions, where various cultures celebrated the arrival of spring with festivals dedicated to fertility and rebirth. A key example is the Anglo-Saxon festival of Eostre, honouring the goddess of dawn and the awakening of nature after winter’s slumber. In the course of these pagan customs intermingling with Christian beliefs, Easter gradually evolved into a holiday that merged elements of both traditions.

Incorporating themes of renewal and growth, Easter consequently became associated with the changing seasons and the promise of new beginnings. The symbolism of eggs, representing fertility and new life, became intertwined with the holiday. The Easter bunny, a creature known for its prolific breeding, adds a playful touch to the festivities and has also become a sign of the season. Over time, Easter came to symbolize not only the end of winter but also the rejuvenation of the earth and the celebration of life’s continual cycle.

Collection of wicker picnic basketsEXPLORING EASTER TRADITIONS IN AUSTRALIA

In Australia, Easter is celebrated with a unique blend of customs and traditions, both religious and secular. Some examples of cherished practices based on the season are:

  1. Easter Eggs and Bunnies: Among the most beloved Easter traditions is the exchange of colourful eggs and chocolate bunnies. As a result, eggs, symbolising fertility and new life, are given as tokens of friendship and goodwill. The Easter bunny, a whimsical figure, is also present as a symbol of abundance and joy, delighting children and adults alike.
  2. Nature’s Bounty: With autumn’s arrival, Easter provides an opportunity to revel in the beauty of nature. Therefore any Australians embrace the season by embarking on outdoor adventures, from leisurely strolls in the countryside to picnics amidst the golden foliage. It’s a time to savour the simple pleasures of life and connect with the natural world.
  3. Community Gatherings: Across the country, communities come together to celebrate Easter with parades, festivals, and family gatherings. From Easter markets to community picnics, these events foster a sense of camaraderie and belonging, uniting people from all walks of life.
  4. Artisanal Delights: Exploring Easter shows us a growing appreciation for artisanal, locally sourced products. We are embracing the art of slow living and savouring the simple joys of homemade goodness. Consequently, gifts like handcrafted chocolates and hand-decorated Easter eggs to homemade preserves are growing in popularity.
  5. Wellness Retreats: In recent years, there has been a surge in wellness-focused Easter retreats, offering individuals an opportunity to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. This has led to an increase in self-care experiences at this time of year, from yoga retreats to mindfulness workshops. These retreats provide a sanctuary for self-care and reflection amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life, therefore creating a space for the grounded and nourished self.
Beautiful hand made copper milk warmer and chai pot pouring hot chocolate into cupEMBRACING WELLNESS AT EASTER

Each year many of us are turning to organic, sustainably sourced products to celebrate  Easter in harmony with nature. As such, there is a growing demand for celebrations to share that promote health, well-being, and environmental sustainability. A couple of our favourite ideas are organic chocolate eggs and eco-friendly decorations—try making our Bliss Balls into homemade Easter Eggs and experiment with decorating your own Easter eggs.

As we prepare to enjoy Easter, we can also mindfully embrace the spirit of renewal and rejuvenation of the occasion. Whether through cherished traditions or new experiences, exploring Easter invites us to connect with loved ones. It is also an opportunity  savour the beauty of nature, and nurture our well-being. So, let us rejoice in the vibrant festival of Easter, cherishing each moment as we welcome the season of renewal and hope. Happy, healthy Easter!

Organic Merchant celebrates the essence of Easter with a range of organic wellness products, carefully crafted to nourish body and soul. For more chocolate treats, explore our cacao collection and try our healthy Persian Rocky Road recipe with homemade chocolate and marshmallows.