WTF Fun Fact 13315 – The First Easter Eggs

The history of decorating eggs for spring festivals thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians, Persians, and Romans. For example, the ancient Egyptians believed that the egg symbolized the sun and its rebirth. And the Persians used eggs to celebrate the spring equinox, which marks the beginning of spring. The Romans also had a tradition of giving decorated eggs as gifts during their spring festival known as Hilaria. But when were the first “Easter eggs” decorated?

The first Easter eggs

As Christianity began to spread throughout Europe, the practice of decorating eggs was incorporated into the celebration of Easter. Christians viewed eggs as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus. The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed tomb. The new life that emerges from it represents the resurrection.

The custom of decorating eggs for Easter may have originated in medieval Europe. During Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and prayer leading up to Easter, Christians were not allowed to eat eggs or any other animal products. However, chickens would continue to lay them during this time, so the extras would be boiled to preserve them for later consumption.

On Easter Sunday, the eggs would be painted and decorated in bright colors to celebrate the end of the fast and the arrival of spring.

In Greece, Russia, and other Orthodox countries, eggs are dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ and the resurrection. Then they’re exchanged as gifts and used in traditional Easter games and activities.

Eggs as art and for fun

In some cultures, eggs are more than just a symbol of spring and rebirth. They are also a form of art. The tradition of decorating eggs with intricate designs and patterns has been passed down through generations of families. As a result, it has become a beloved folk art in many parts of the world.

From the elaborate pysanky eggs of Ukraine to the delicate filigree eggs of Poland, this art is a beautiful and fascinating tradition that continues to thrive today.

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Source: “Here’s Why Easter Eggs Are a Thing” — Time Magazine

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