why do we hide easter eggs on easter
That Easter Eggs are a symbol of new life shouldn't come as any
surprise. The notion that the Earth itself was hatched from an egg was once
widespread and appears in the creation myths of numerous cultures. Consider the chick emerging from its dormant shell. no wonder the egg was a symbol
of rebirth and adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the rebirth or
resurrection. In ancient times in Northern Europe, eggs were a potent symbol of
fertility used in pagan rituals to guarantee a woman's ability to
bear children. In my 'neck of the woods', lay midwives/healers in
the Appalachian mountains (aka, grannywomen ) often use eggs to predict the
gender of an unborn child by observing the direction of the rotation of an egg
as it is suspended by a string over the abdomen of a pregnant woman. Their accuracy is uncanny. Dyed and decorated eggs are given as gifts in many cultures. Colorful eggs
express a wish for prosperity and abundance during the upcoming year.
The the Burning Times in Europe (think 'witch
trials') when pagan followers of the
Old Religion were being shunned and persecuted, led to the
development of the Easter egg hunt. Deflecting attention from their status
as pagans that giving eggs as gifts would
they cleverly made a game of hiding them for the children instead. Rumor has it that sometimes the authorities who
sought to find and punish the heathens would follow or
bribe the children to reveal where they found the eggs so that the
property owner could be brought to justice. So the hunts were often
moved to public property and held as a community event.
Brightly, and have become integral to the celebration of today. However, the tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime pre-dates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. For thousands of years, Iranians and others have decorated eggs on, the Iranian New Year that falls on the spring equinox.
Some claim that the Easter egg has pagan roots. Before Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, some argue ancient pagans in Europe as the return of the sun God -- a rebirth of light and an emergence from the lean winter. Some also point to the Venerable Bede, an English monk who wrote the first history of Christianity in England, for evidence of this connection. Bede argued that even derived from a pagan fertility goddess named "Eostre" in English and Germanic cultures. Scholars have since noted that there is little to no evidence of such a goddess outside of Bede's writings. Also, in most other languages the word for Easter -- Pascua in Spanish and Pasques in French, for instance -- from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Painting Easter eggs is an especially beloved tradition in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches where the to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross.
Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal vigil and distributed to the congregants. The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ, and cracking the shell represents Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Moreover, historically Christians would abstain from eating eggs and meat during, and Easter was the first chance to eat eggs after a long period of abstinence. (Orthodox Christians continue to abstain from eggs during Lent. ) Easter egg hunts and egg rolling are two popular egg-related traditions. An egg hunt involves hiding eggs outside for children to run around and find on Easter morning. Eggs are rolled as a symbolic re-enactment of the rolling away of the stone from ChristБs tomb. In the United States, the is an annual event that is held on the White House lawn each Monday after Easter. Check out these beautifully painted Easter Eggs!
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