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Easter Egg

Easter eggs are a noteworthy tradition celebrated across the world during Easter time. Easter eggs are artificial sugar-coated eggs made out of chocolate or other confectionery material. They are richly decorated with colours and engravings, placed in special baskets and distributed to people on Easter day. These hard boiled eggs are completely edible. They are also known as Paschal eggs.

 

History of the Easter egg:

Eggs symbolize two key phases in life: fertility and rebirth. Imbibing these two phases into its cultural sentiment, Easter eggs are used to celebrate the beginning and renewal of life.

 

In Christianity, Easter eggs are used to signify the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The boiled egg is the empty tomb of Christ and when the egg is cracked, it represents Christ rising from the tomb into heaven. This Easter mystery is personified in the Easter egg.

 

During Easter, churches across the world distribute Easter eggs to all their members. Also, families and friends gift egg baskets to each other, passing on the message of resurrection.

 

Traditions say that earlier, ostrich eggs were used to celebrate Easter. These were in gold or silver colour. The Christian Church later adopted red coloured Easter eggs, which later became a symbol of the blood of Jesus Christ.

 

Eggs in today’s world:

Originally, Easter eggs were hard-boiled chicken eggs. These would be dyed and painted and served to guests. These paints would be natural dyes coming out of onion peels (brown colour), oak or walnut (black colour), apple tree barks or marigold flowers (golden shade), mallow flower petals (violet), periwinkle leaves or shoots of rye (green colour) or beetroot juice (pink or rose shade).

 

Today, chicken eggs are substituted with chocolate eggs or plastic eggs which are filled with candy, jelly beans, sprinkles, etc. In many homes, Easter eggs are created and decorated on their own. Colours can be in black and white, colours with writings across them (known as tattoo eggs!), mustache eggs, egg pairs, etc. These pairings and colours can be customized according to whom you would like to give the eggs to. They can have fun themes and elements engraved onto them.

 

There are games such as egg hunt, egg rolling and egg dance which are played in numerous countries. In Germany, trees and bushes are decorated with Easter eggs. Also, the tradition of the Easter bunny is very common in Europe and America.

 

Easter eggs are easily available in stores across the world during Easter time. They come in numerous sizes and designs. Depending on the filling and type, their prices may change. Most bakeries and confectioneries offer to gift wrap them and send them across as gift parcels to friends and relatives in different parts of the world.

 

 

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