July 25, 2012
Easter In New Zealand
So I was recently asked if events such as Easter, Christmas and Halloween are any different over here in New Zealand to the UK, and whilst there are a few differences the answer is not really. For instance Christmas is through the summer months here, so it’s usually hot and you would rather BBQ than cook a big dinner, as opposed to the rain or snow you would experience in the UK. Halloween is different here too, mainly because Kiwis don’t really celebrate it, so where we would have parties and go ‘trick or treating’, that’s not something that is really done here. But we find we still celebrate the same we would normally for all events, so it feels like the norm to us.
Of course Easter is many months gone, but that doesn’t stop Bethany always talking and being excited about the next one. Just the other day when she saw a bag of chocolate eggs in the supermarket she asked when it will be time for the bunny to come again – and told me quite plainly that it’s too long to wait as it’s the only time of the year she gets chocolate (such lies!).
Anyway, the usual happened this year, some eggs came from Grandparents and from us, and the bunny was kind to spread his offerings around the garden for her before she woke up.
For those of you who have watched Bethany collecting for many years you will notice that on this video the excitement isn’t as much as it used to be – not sure what that is about – maybe it’s not cool to be excited anymore!!
It seems that Easter here in New Zealand is very much the same as in the UK. I have great memories from doing exactly what Bethany is doing now and I know friends here from all over the world who also do the same, could it be that the Easter bunny is universally similar?