I realize that not everyone here celebrates Easter, but I wanted to send everyone a big
Here in Oz, it's a 4-day weekend. Good Friday and the following Monday are public holidays, so a lot of families grab the opportunity for a short holiday. This year, as well, the school holidays (term break) follow on immediately.
Our church begins the celebrations tonight (Thursday) with a 'stations of the cross' display. All the different stages have been prepared by people in the congregation: some individually, some friends working together, and a couple of families as well. They've been really creative. One lady even made a scupture!
Then there's the Good Friday service at 9am. This year we're reading through the whole of the gospel of Mark - with people taking on the different characters. I'm a Narrator. I wondered if it would be tedious, but the rehearsal went really well, and now I think it's a great idea.
In the afternoon there will be a gathering of all the churches in one of the town squares.
Saturday will be our turn to have a holiday and we choose to spend it quietly.
Sunday is, of course, the celebration service and then in the afternoon, there is the traditional Peace March in the city.
Sunday night the grandkids will sleep over and then on Monday the rest of my family arrive for a family lunch.
I can't wait to see how excited my grandies are. This year the three year old has realized there's chocolate involved. So cute.
How will you spend this special time?
For you people in the northern hemisphere, if you're not religious, it is the time to celebrate Spring: the season of new life. I hope you get to make a daisy chain or two.
For those of us in the southern hemisphere, it's autumn. I love this season with the changing colours of the trees and the cooler days. Have a hot chocolate on me!