Easter Eggs that are also known as Paschal eggs are the decorated eggs that are given to family and friends as gifts on the occasion of Easter. These eggs hold a special significance in the celebration of this festival.
The concept of using decorated eggs date back to many centuries. In the ancient Egypt and the early cultures of Mesopotamia and Crete, decorated eggs of the ostrich and symbols of the ostrich egg in silver and gold were put in the graves of Egyptians and the Sumerians in ancient times. It was among the early Mesopotamian Christians that the custom of Easter eggs began. The custom was officially adopted by the Christian Church which regarded the egg as a symbol of Jesus' resurrection.
Eggs, in general, are a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth in Christianity. The Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus from which Jesus resurrected. There is a tradition of painting the eggs with Red color in memory of the blood of Christ which was shed at the time of his crucifixion.
The Easter egg is the central part of the Easter celebrations and has a lot of significance. There are many Christians who connect the opening of the Easter egg with Jesus' empty tomb. In Orthodox churches, the priests bless the Easter eggs at the conclusion of the Paschal vigil. Thereafter, they are distributed among the faithful. Women in Greece dye the eggs with vinegar and onion skins. There is also an Orthodox tradition of greeting friends Easter wishes by presenting them red colored eggs.
On Easter shops are full of embellished Easter eggs. Decorated Easter eggs are mainly presented to family and friends as a form of greetings.
There are many ways to embellish Easter eggs. People use both traditional as well as modern ways to beautify eggs. However, for those who do not have painting skills, there are various hues of Easter egg wraps available in the market. It is easy to wrap these around the egg and beautify it. Many people also make a wreath of Easter eggs and hang it on their doorway or porch. But this is done by using plastic eggs and not the real eggs. Real eggs are fragile and may break easily.
In many European nations, especially Britain, chocolate Easter eggs are the most popular gifting item. These scrumptious eggs are also a major revenue earner as kids and adults alike love them. A whopping 80 million eggs are sold on Easter in Britain. Apart from the chocolate shape, the chocolate eggs also come in the shape of a bunny rabbit.
Nowadays the Easter eggs have undergone various changes. The traditional Easter eggs are replaced with the modern ones made of plastic or any other material. Earlier the chicken eggs were dyed and decorated but now plastic eggs or eggs made up of confectionery are gifted.
Eggs made up of chocolate are wrapped up in colorful foils for gifting purposes.
Apart from all these regular methods of decorating Easter eggs a new type of Easter eggs is trending. Plastic eggs are beautifully wrapped and are decorated as a bunny. Chocolate shaped bunny eggs are also used for gifting near and dear ones. Plastic eggs filled with candies and sweets are also trending.
You can find beautifully decorated eggs in the market for celebration during the Easter season.
Apart from gifting purposes, the Easter eggs are used for decoration of the house and surroundings. People use hollow Easter eggs made of plastic to decorate trees in the garden. These types of eggs are also used for internal decoration of the house as lights are put into the eggs and hung on the walls.
Various games are also played using Easter eggs.
The Egg Hunt is one of the most popular games that is played on Easter. Eggs, which may be hard boiled or made of chocolate, are hidden at various places and the participants have to find them. When the game is over, the participant who gathers the largest number of eggs gets the prize.
This game is very popular in countries like United Kingdom, Germany and others. Earlier, eggs were rolled down hillsides by children. However, with time the game spread and is very popular today. The Easter Egg Roll, which is held on the lawn of the White House, is the modern version of the game.
The egg tapping is a very exciting game. Every player is given a hard boiled egg and he or she has to hit the other one's eggs with their own. The person who holds the last intact egg is declared the winner of the game.
Fabergé firm created the jeweled Easter eggs for the Russian tsars. These are considered as masterpieces with many of them containing within them other decorations such as miniature ships etc. In countries such as Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, etc artificial eggs are made out of porcelain. These are made for ladies.
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Last Updated: 27th March, 2018