Celebrating Easter Abroad
He's less cuddly than a bunny, but the Aussies love their "Easter Bilby."
Photo: Queensland gov. EPA
In the spirit of Easter, I thought I'd highlight a few of the stranger ways the holiday is being acknowledged around the world.
Mexico City: The middle and upper classes in landlocked Mexico City typically spend Easter fleeing for the coasts, but this year the city hosted the grand opening of a fake beach, according to Worldhum. The idea of a spit of sand alongside a noisy road junction sounds pretty bizarre, not to mention that Reuters reports the government spent $200k on it. But I felt more sympathetic when I read Mayor Marcelo Ebrard's justification: "There are those upset by the artificial beaches. Perhaps they can get to other beaches, but this was built for the majority, and it's free."
Australia: TreeHugger reminds us that in Australia it's time to "get hopping" for the "Easter Bilby." This little furball is sadly endangered, and since 1999 has been the subject of a passionate "Save the Bilby" campaign.
What are some other Easter traditions you've encountered?