history of the Easter Egg
The egg has
been called the 'perfect package'.
Before it was
associated with Easter the egg represented a Springtime rebirth.
Just as Spring
erupted in a glory of colors and new growth...so does the egg...
forth with new life and miracles.
The egg was
said to have special powers:
1. It was believed
that an egg buried under a home would ward off evil spirits and provide
protection to the inhabitants therein.
2. French Brides
stepped on an
egg upon entering
their new homes for the first time.
3. Romans used
it to tell the sex of their unborn child.
the egg became to Christians the REBIRTH of man...
not of Nature.
Polish folklore and legend brought Easter and the egg
Two tales are told ...
The first one
involves the Virgin Mary at the cross. She
to the soldiers there and begged them to be less cruel and she wept.
She wept tears
that became dots on the eggs in her baskets that in
to brilliant colors of the rainbow.
tale tells of Mary Magdeline going to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus.
She had taken eggs with her to eat while she completed this sad task.
When she arrived
at the tomb she uncovered the eggs and the white shells
changed to a rainbow of colors.
cultures have made the egg the single most identifiable symbol of Easter.
The most famous
of all Easter eggs (The Faberge Egg in England) was created.
Faberge was commissioned by royalty to produce these wonderful
creations. In all he made 75 eggs.
children were given eggs as Easter gifts.
exchanged eggs and colored them crimson to represent the
blood of Christ.
held races and games on Easter and the egg was given as
The Easter egg hunt evolved and many of the traditions that we here
in this country
have adopted through the melding of cultures.
children enjoy brightly decorated easter eggs,
easter eggs and Easter egg hunts.