Easter is always a bitter-sweet holiday for me. Good Friday, 8 years ago, my beautiful mum passed away, so it's never been the same since. But it's not just the gaping hole left by her absence that's made it hard for me to celebrate. Easter in Singapore, just isn't like the Easter back home in England. The lack of seasons has got to be the fundamental difference....no excitement as the first snowdrops, daffodils and narcissi emerge from the hard cold ground. No woods magically carpeted in blue. No lambs gambolling (just learned that word from my sister...!) over the hillsides with their little tails 'a-wiggling'.
It's hard to describe that feeling of the clear blue skies promising warmer days ahead. It's almost lost to me, as I sit here in the year-round heat and humidity of Singapore.
Gorgeous photos taken by my sister in the north of England, I miss those bursts of colours! And of course, my beautiful mum!
Easter in Singapore
Easter's not really celebrated here that much. Businesses and schools do get Good Friday off. And more and more Easter eggs are making their way into the supermarkets, compared with 21 years ago, when I arrived. You can buy tulips and daffodils in some florists. However, once they are out of the cold house, it takes only a day for them to wither and die. It's just not the same...
However, we still try and make the most of it. I get the kids doing Easter-related crafts and we decorate the house. We will have our hot-crossed buns today and chocolate eggs on Sunday. We'll cook a yummy roast followed by some sort of spectacularly unhealthy cake, smothered in mini eggs for lunch.
The Singapore equivalent to a daffodil?! Memories of little lambs in England and special friends sending special photos.
But it's a sad fact, that it will be at least another 15 years or so before I can join family back in England. Local school holidays don't coincide with Easter. 21 plus 15 = 36.....that's a lot of years to be apart! Particularly when it's such a special time of remembrance for our family. However, I shall continue to rely on the string of gorgeous photos being sent my way, from family and friends, to feel included. Keep them coming!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!