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Origins of the Easter Egg

Published: 23rd March 2018 13:54

Chocolate easter eggs in bright wrappers sitting on straw  

We all know the story of Easter, when Jesus died on the cross and was laid to rest in his tomb, then three days later he rose again before ascending to Heaven. Easter is a time for many to remember this special event and church services are held up and down the country. But how did the egg become so symbolic with Easter? We take a brief look at how the Easter egg came to be.

Egg's first became symbolic during the Pagan Festival of the Spring Equinox, where the goddess Eostre was worshipped. Eostre was the goddess of Spring and rebirth and it was believed that she would come down to earth with her rabbit companion and hide eggs in the failing fields. 

When Pope Gregory the Great ordered for old festivals to be absorbed by Christianity it was decided that the resurrection of Jesus was suited to the Pagan festival as they both celebrated rebirth and new beginnings. The Church took the symbol of the egg on and in religious paintings you can regularly see Saints holding an egg in memory of Jesus and the resurrection.

Over the years people started to decorate their eggs and give them as gifts or use them as centre pieces during the Easter feast. Then during the 17th Century manufactured eggs started to appear and by the 19th Century gifts were being put inside the eggs. At about this time chocolate eggs also started to emerge in Germany and France and they soon started to spread to the rest of Europe.

Tie Dyed Eggs in different colours As well as decorating and eating eggs, games also started to emerge which are played every Easter. One classic game is the Easter Egg Hunt which can be easily played with your own children. You can either hide decorated eggs around the house and garden or even hide their chocolate eggs. You could leave them clues around the house and they will have to hunt around to get their chocolate treats!

Another game is Egg Rolling. Children take an egg each to a hill and roll the egg down. The person who gets their egg the furthest without it breaking wins!

If you don't fancy Egg Rolling why not decorate some eggs as a fun family activity? AboutMyArea has put together a simple guide on how to create a tie dyed egg!  Check out this section for guide to making Decorating Eggs

So there you have it! A brief history of the Easter egg! If you would like to find out what is happening in your local area this Easter use AboutMyArea to find out. From Easter Services to Kids Activities to Easter Egg Hunts we have all the information here in our Easter section!

Please remember DON'T share your Easter chocolate with your dog.  It could kill it - quite literally. Expensive brands of chocolate and cocoa-rich chocolate have high levels of theobromine in them.  It is a chemical compound which is harmless to humans, but lethal to dogs.  Even a 30g bar of dark chocolate can contain more than 700mg of theobromine, enough to kill a small dog.  Toxicity symptoms include vomiting, hyperactivity, salivation, increase in heart rate and fits.  Make sure your children are aware and buy your pet some dog friendly chocolate of their own instead.

Why not try out our Hot Cross Bun Recipe - cooking with the kids can be fun.
Want to attend an Easter service - please check our Local Church Services section
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