Meaning of Easter Eggs: Exploring History and Celebrations


Easter is celebrated with lots of fun, activities, treats and, of course, Easter eggs.

Have you wondered why eggs are still an integral part of celebrating Easter? Eggs and Easter have a long association and meaning.

Many of us may think that Easter eggs and Easter egg hunts are just a commercialized form of celebrating Easter. However, their roots are deeply rooted in the practices of early Christians in Eastern culture. There is religious significance behind the incorporation of eggs into the celebration of Easter.

Why do we have Easter eggs?

Eggs were a symbol of fertility and rebirth in a pagan culture. Easter eggs were used by early Christians to symbolize parts of the Easter story. These eggs represent the same empty tomb from which Jesus Christ was resurrected.

During the time of the first Orthodox churches, priests blessed Easter eggs and distributed them to the faithful at the end of the Easter Vigil. Some denominations still observe the Easter Vigil, which takes place a day before Easter, where a service is held on Saturday morning or evening. This service remains similar to the Christmas Eve service. Followers read scriptures, light candles and also perform baptism.

During the service, Easter eggs are distributed to symbolize the resurrection of Christ. The egg’s hard shell represents the sealed tomb, while its cracking represents the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Different Easter egg traditions

Below are the famous Easter egg traditions practiced around the world.

painting eggs

At Easter, the whole family takes part in a beloved tradition of painting eggs. The eggs taken to paint are the real ones. To practice this tradition, boil hard-boiled eggs in boiling water for ten minutes. Once cooled, you can paint them as you wish.

egg dye

Easter eggs are not only painted, but also dyed. Traditionally, people dyed the eggs red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ while its hard shell symbolized the sealed tomb. To dye the eggs, you can use any food coloring. You can also use natural dyes such as onion skins, beets, etc. You can either keep the dyed eggs or throw them away. If you want to keep them, it is essential to empty them.

To dig Easter eggs, use a sharp knife or needle and poke holes at the top and bottom of the raw egg. Use a skewer to swirl around its inside to break up the yolk. Blow into one end of the egg to push out the inside from the other end.

You can prepare your tincture and take vinegar and lukewarm water to coat the egg. Use rubber bands around the egg to create beautiful dye patterns.

rolling eggs

Rolling eggs is a symbol of the reenactment of rolling the stone away from the tomb of Jesus. Thus, it remains a privileged activity among all.

To roll your Easter egg, find a suitable hill and roll them.

The Easter egg activities and traditions listed above are practiced by followers all over the world. Which is best for you?

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