The Matching Pegs family spent the Easter Break with the extended family, up in Luke’s small hometown in the vicinity of Bendigo. For Easter Lunch there were 12 adults and 9 kids, and lots of good food and chocolate (Many thanks to Luke’s Mum and Dad for hosting us all). It was a lovely way to spend Easter; watching all of our children run around together, playing backyard cricket and playing in the dirt/dust. It is a very dry part of the world at the moment, but oh the serenity! These photos were taken on the front lawn one evening while the sun was setting.
We spent Easter Monday watching the Bendigo Easter Festival Gala Parade which is now in it’s 138th year. Bendigo is a gold mining town, with a rich cultural heritage, particularly from the Chinese immigrants during it’s gold rush. The Parade first featured a Chinese section in 1893, and has ever since.
It features the worlds longest imperial dragon, Sun Loong, (clearly I could not fit him into even two photos) who was made in to replace the old dragon, Loong. Loong, (the oldest imperial dragon in the world) got too old and frail to be used, but remains in the collection of the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo.
During the 1880’s as a result of the Gold Rush, Bendigo was considered the wealthiest city in the world, and the evidence of this is still there to see, in the grand nature of the historical buildings. It is a magnificent city to visit, and I have links there through my Grandmother (whose father was the Mayor) as well as my husband.
Anyway, enough history, here are some more parade photos….
These ladies were Amelia’s favorite part of the parade, while Rory loved Sun Loong and Michaela loved “The Daddy Dragon”. This is one final sunset photo, because I couldn’t resist.
What did you do for Easter?