Vancouver, B.C., March 29, 2018
Today we would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Easter.
We hope you have a blessed and joyful day. Easter is considered as a celebration that represents new life and lots of yummy Chocolate or even coloured Easter eggs. Do you know where this tradition comes from?
As far as we know, the exact origin of the Easter eggs cannot be exactly defined, but probably originated out of various rituals. So, let’s have a closer look into the Easter egg history. We found 4 explanations that might brings it to light.
1. Symbol of the resurrection
In general, in European art history, the egg is considered a symbol of the resurrection - on Marian paintings it occurs in the background or as a border motif as an indication of the virgin birth.
2. Praying for blessing
Since the 12th century, Easter egg devotion has been praying for the blessing of eggs "... to become a wholesome food for your faithful servants, who will eat them in gratitude and in remembrance of the Lord's resurrection."
3. Maundy (Holy) Thursday tax
the tax paid by the farmers to their landlords, who in the Middle Ages were paid in the form of eggs on Maundy (Holy) Thursday, because of the fasting period and increased hens 'willingness to lay eggs (similar to the Martin' s geese that were slaughtered in November because the Grazing time was over).
4. For differentiation
In the forty-day Lent before Easter many Catholics and Orthodox abstain from meat dishes and dairy foods. In the past, eggs and other animal products were often classified as abstinence. Therefore, the eggs laid during the Holy Week were boiled and coloured to distinguish them from the fresh eggs. The ever-popular food was therefore eagerly received back at Easter, consecrated in the churches, and distributed to gifts in color.
No matter where this tradition comes from
- enjoy the colourful Easter eggs!
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