A lot of us, whether we celebrate the religious holiday, color and hide Easter eggs. I remember as a little girl going to church in our new Easter dresses, getting our Easter baskets and then spending the remainder of the day hiding and hunting our Easter eggs over and over again. I had two sisters and this would entertain us for hours.
So, why do we hunt Easter Eggs? I knew that Easter Eggs symbolized “new life” or “re-birth”, but where did this tradition spring from (no pun intended) and what did it all mean?
I went to one of the best sources on the Internet to find out, Wikipedia:
Easter egg origin stories abound—one has an emperor claiming that the Resurrection was as likely as eggs turning red (see Mary Magdalene); more prosaically the Easter egg tradition may have celebrated the end of the privations of Lent. In the West, eggs were forbidden during Lent as well as other traditional fast days. Likewise, in Eastern Christianity, both meat and dairy are prohibited during the fast, and eggs are seen as “dairy” (a foodstuff that could be taken from an animal without shedding its blood).
The Egg Hunt is designed that who finds the egg/eggs has good luck/new life for the year. Not all cultures hide their eggs. Some give them as gifts and in some European nations they play a game called “egg dumping” where players hit each others eggs and whoever has the intact egg wins.
Coloring eggs symbolizes a variety of things. It initially started out as red, to symbolize the blood of Christ, but as with everything, varying cultures and religions changed up their Spring Time egg traditions to suit their circumstances.
Eggs are found not only in Christian traditions, but in the Jewish Passover meal (Seder) and various pagan rituals celebrating Spring.
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