After months of chilly weather, spring is almost at our doors again and with it comes Easter!
Even if generally this festivity is associated with religion, it does also have older pagan roots, which date back centuries.
The word Easter itself has various etymologies, one of which can certainly be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon goddess of dawn Eostre, who was believed to be representative of the renewal of spring, life and fertility.
April was the month dedicated to celebrate this goddess and, consequently, the rebirth of nature.
But in other cultures Easter is mainly associated with the Hebrew word Pesach which indicates the feast of Passover, celebrating the day God liberated the Jews from slavery in Egypt.
Of course, there is also the meaning of resurrection that the Christians give to the word, signifying specifically the resurrection of Christ.
Together with Easter come some interesting traditions that have been around far longer than the religious festivity and that have a very precise symbolism: there is the folkloristic figure of the Easter Bunny, the delicious typical Easter Foods and the colourful Easter Parades that happen in countless cities, but the most widespread and recognized Easter tradition all over the world is most certainly the one regarding Easter eggs.
Cracking open the history of Easter eggs
Easter eggs have been around since ancient periods and have generally symbolised the natural renovation of spring.
In time, they also became the emblem of Christianity and of the resurrection of Jesus with the shell representing a tomb.
Following the Christian ritual, eggs were not be consumed during Lent and therefore were boiled for preservation and then painted and eaten at Easter - thus becoming a traditional Easter food.
The cracked shell symbolising the open tomb, and the return of Jesus to the living.
In some countries including the US or the UK, it is common to paint real eggs with vibrant colours and hide them outdoors, together with mini chocolate eggs and sweets, and to organize a hunt for kids to find them with prizes to be given out to those who retrieve specific sized or coloured eggs.
Another fun tradition is egg rolling where children push coloured eggs with wooden spoons along a lawn.
This is a common game that is usually played on Easter day and brings all the family together.
The most famous Easter egg rolling event takes place every year at the White House when hundreds of children are invited along.
Eggstravagant chocolate eggs
The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th century but were a lot more bitter than the ones we eat now.
As chocolate-making techniques improved, hollow eggs like the ones we have today were developed.
They very quickly became popular and remain popular today all over the world in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and flavours.
In Italy the beautifully wrapped chocolate eggs traditionally contain a small, surprising gift inside.
Once the egg is cracked open to be eaten, a small, cute object is revealed!
Eggs are often hand made to order and extra-special, personalised surprises such as engagement rings can also be placed inside!
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