why do we give chocolate eggs at easter
Many of you may be enjoying eating Easter chocolate this weekend, but where does this tradition come from? Easter is a Christian festival that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible says that Christ died on the cross on a day called Good Friday, which this year falls on 30 March. Then he resurrected and came back to life on Easter Sunday. This is the most important day in the Christian calendar. Easter is on different dates each year, between 21 March and 25 April, depending on when there's a full moon in Spring. Many Christians will spend time at church in thought, prayer and celebration of Jesus Christ's life, and may get together with friends and family for a special meal. There are also some more modern traditions to mark Easter which are very common - such as Easter eggs, the Easter bunny and chocolate. But where do these modern traditions come from? Why do we have Easter eggs? A lot of us may chomp on chocolate eggs at Easter, but originally eating eggs was not allowed by church leaders during the week leading up to Easter (known as Holy Week).
So any eggs laid that week were saved and decorated to make them Holy Week eggs, that were then given to children as gifts. Victorians adapted the tradition with satin-covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts. This has now developed into the tradition that many people enjoy today. Why are Easter eggs made of chocolate? The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th Century, but they were bitter and hard. As chocolate-making techniques improved, hollow eggs like the ones we have today were developed. They very quickly became popular and remain a favourite tradition with chocolate-lovers today. What's the Easter Bunny then? The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th Century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life. This is why some children might enjoy Easter egg hunts as part of the festival. It doesn't do all the work alone though!
In Switzerland, Easter eggs are delivered by a cuckoo and in parts of Germany by a fox.
Snacking on chocolate made to look like an egg is an Easter tradition but where does it come from? (Picture: Getty) If youБve never eaten a chocolate Easter egg before, you truly havenБt lived. These yummy, often hollow festive treats fill supermarket shelves during the first part of the year and are then eagerly scoffed when Easter arrives. But where do they come from? Who first thought of making an eggБ but with chocolate? And why are eggs connected with Easter, anyway? Easter eggsб Б ie, highly-decorated eggs that are often painted to celebrate birth and new life Б have been around for over 60,000 years. Christianity adopted the tradition of decorating eggs much more recently, some time between ChristБs crucifixion and 1610AD. But they only became chocolate in 1873, and the English company responsible for making eggs chocolate was J. S. Fry Sons. First they invented the hollow chocolate egg, then in 1963 they came up with FryБs Chocolate Cream Egg, a popular copy of which is now owned and produced by CadburyБs.
The chocolate egg trend caught on like wildfire and spread to America, though it hasnБt become as popular in most other countries. In Goa and the Phillippines, marzipan is used in the making of edible Easter eggs rather than chocolate. Around 80 million Easter eggs are now sold in the UK. ThatБs the story of chocolate eggsБ but why do eggs come into Easter in the first place? In Britain and many other European countries, Easter originated with the. As such, it has remained a celebration of new life and new beginnings, with baby animals being key to the symbolism of the celebration. Eggs are therefore natural symbols also, seeing as they carry new life inside them. For Christians, eggs also represent the large stone that was rolled over the entrance of the tomb enclosing JesusБ body after his crucifixionб Б the stone that was rolled away when he rose again. Hence the quintessential British Easter tradition of egg rolling. MORE: MORE:
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