Easter is soon upon us (April 16 to be exact) and despite the usual chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and other sweet treats, Easter egg huntsВare still the most popular tradition. If you stop and really think about it, itвs a bit odd someone hides a bunch of eggs and we suddenly turn into our 10-year-old selves, trying to find them as many as we can to fill up our baskets. But the question is why? OK, let s try to get to the bottom of this beloved tradition. Egg as a symbol. While Easter is a religious holiday, the egg is more likely a pagan tradition. For Christians, the
В Jesusв resurrection and emergence from the tomb (a rebirth if you will). Decorating the egg a forbidden food during Lent season symbolized celebrating the end of a season of fasting.
Hunting for eggs. Truth be told, there s actually not much out there to be said as toВ why we hunt for eggs, which kind of makes it all the more fun and ridiculous that this tradition had been around for years. What we do know is that it (well sort of). In Germany, children would wait for Osterhase (the German version of the Easter bunny), to leave eggs in the the nests that children left in the gardens. On Easter Sunday, the children would search for their nests to see what eggs the Osterhase left behind. As Germans immigrated to America, they brought their Easter tradition with them, and thus, the Easter egg hunt was born (with slight adjustments, of course). xx, The FabFitFun Team Eggs are a forbidden food during Lent, making them a welcome return to the menu on Easter Day.
Why do we give eggs at Easter? Easter is a Christian festival. For Christians the custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life. Christians remember that Jesus, after dying on the cross, rose from the dead. They believe that, through his resurrection, Jesus defeated death and sin and offers people the promise of eternal life if they follow his teachings. What were the first Easter eggs like? The first eggs given at Easter were birds eggs. These eggs were painted in bright colours to give them further meaning as a gift. We still paint bird eggs today but usually only chicken eggs. An Anglo-Saxon legend tells how the Saxon goddess Eostre found a wounded bird and transformed it into a hare, so that it could survive the Winter.
The hare found it could lay eggs, so it decorated these each Spring and left them as offering to the goddess. In the UK, we have many Easter Customs involving eggs: Egg giving (see Easter egg hunts (see What are Pace Eggs? Pace Eggs are hard boiled eggs with patterned shells, they are traditional in northern parts of England at Easter, with local variants in the name, such as Paste Eggs. Where does the name Pace Egg come from? The name is derived from Pesach (Passover). The design The background colour is provided by onion skins with designs created by leaves and flowers placed next to the shell. All kinds of fun are had with the hard-boiled decorated pace eggs.
Egg rolling is very popular in England and is an Easter Monday sport. Hard-boiled eggs are rolled down a hill. Customs differ from place to place. The winner\’s egg may be the one that rolls the farthest, survives the most rolls, or is rolled between two pegs. Another activity that takes place on Easter Day is the playing of a game with the eggs known as jarping, It\’s a bit like playing, with players tapping their opponents\’ eggs until one breaks. The winner goes through to the next round, and so on until there is only one egg left unbroken. copyright of projectbritain. com A good hit by a jarper is called a dunch. The game is popular in County Durham, where it is played on Easter Sunday.