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Easter - Different Time, Different Place

Posted by Amanda Searle on 18 March 2015

123rf8874759s.jpg For many of us in Australia we look forward to Easter for the four-day holiday and the chocolatey goodness of Easter eggs. For others the Easter period is a deeply religious celebration of the life of Jesus, the mourning of his death and the joy of his resurrection. And for others the celebration will be a...

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Christmas in Japan

Posted by Anne Macindoe on 9 December 2014

123rf32913116m The spiritual culture of Japan centres on Shintoism and Buddhism. Less than 1% of the population describe themselves as Christian. Yet Japanese Christmas tradition is well established. Various customs have been borrowed from the West, others have commercial origins and some are quite unique to Japan. Visually, Christmas customs in Japan can be hard to distinguish from...

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A Cultural Melting Pot Called Easter

Posted by Anne Macindoe on 5 April 2014

123rf12931600s Multicultural Australia is about to embrace the humble egg.  Depending on cultural origin, boiled, painted, chocolate and, even bejewelled eggs are the order of the day.  It is, of course, the Christian Easter festival. Heralded by Shrove Tuesday is 40 days of prayer, fasting and self-denial.  This time of year on the Christian calendar is actually...

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Christmas Around the World

Posted by Anne Macindoe on 16 December 2013

123rf 16431798s The Christmas Kaleidoscope Australia is becoming increasingly culturally diverse. December has arrived and, with it, the festive tunes, tastes and tradition of Christmas. So, what is the place for this distinctive celebration in a contemporary multicultural nation?   The fact is, much of what we know today as Christmas tradition is rooted elsewhere. The midwinter practice of bringing...

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