Happy Blessed Easter, everyone. These beautifully decorated easter eggs were part of a collection from the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology we saw when we visited the place a couple weeks back. I believe they are from Eastern Europe. Did you know the history of easter eggs? I only found this out recently. Having grown up Christian and still practicing the faith, I never remembered anything about easter eggs in the Bible so where did this tradition come from?
Good old Wikipedia had some of the the answer (as always!). Traditionally, consumption of eggs were prohibited, along with meat and dairy during lent as Catholics prepared for Easter Sunday. On Easter Sunday, they would break their fast, and bring lots of eggs along with other goodies to share. Easter egg dying was part of the Catholic tradition, and red was the color used, to symbolize Christ’s blood.
Presumably, this started the evolution of the easter egg decoration and all the other fun easter egg stuff like easter egg hunts. Since Catholicism had such a strong presence, I guess protestant Christians took the tradition and continued on with it. (Tho I know of some really fundamental Christian churches that forbid easter eggs.) Easter eggs or not, I alway enjoy Easter Sunday as a special day to remember that Jesus Christ rose from the dead after dying a cruel and horrible death for the sins of the world. In doing so He created a way for us to have a relationship with Him. It is the story of love, sacrifice and grace. I am glad I worship a loving God who is risen and alive.
Regardless of your views on Easter, I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday with family and friends and got to indulge in lots of yummy chocolates and hot cross buns. I can’t wait for Benji to be old enough to participate in Easter egg hunts. It’s gonna be SO cute!
Now, my other question is…where did the Easter bunny rabbit come from?!!