It's disappointing to walk to and from work today past all the stores that are closed for the Easter Monday holiday... A lot of people have today off, but not us.
My family in Canada has built a tradition of having a special meal at my parents' house for Easter. But it's the Easters I spent in Australia that are the most memorable for me. My Aussie Easters were all spent with my mum's family in her hometown of Castlemaine. Easter seems to be so much more of a big deal in Australia than in Canada. There's a longer holiday and there are lots of special events on. We would always end up at the Maldon Easter Fair, because my uncle would be playing his bag pipes in the parade. The Maldon Easter Bonnet Parade was a chance for local small town kiddies to dress up in costumes and be famous for a day. Good fun!
Above: Easter Bonnet Parade of 1986 (click to see a larger picture). In the left photo is my cousin Ben dressed as a bunny, cousin Cameron as Inspector Gadget and my brother Ewan in cowboy costume. In the right photo, you'll see me (age 8) lined up with the other kids. My costume is 'Victorian lady' which was made up of antique family heirlooms. I remember very clearly the struggle to walk the parade route in the long skirt and the wide hat...
Another memorable image I have from Aussie Easters are beautifully foiled chocolate eggs and chocolate bandicoots (not bunnies because bunnies are not native animals!). Yummy.