Today is Easter Sunday and what better to talk about than the beautiful tradition of giving Easter eggs.
What are Easter eggs?
eggs are decorated eggs that are often given as gifts to celebrate
Easter or springtime. The oldest tradition is to use dyed and
painted chicken eggs, but modern customs include chocolate
eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans.
These eggs can be hidden for children to find on Easter morning, that
may be left by the Easter Bunny. They may also be put in a basket filled
with real or artificial straw to resemble a bird's nest.
Hanacke kraslice is a way of decorating Easter eggs with straw in the region of Hana, Czech Republic (traditionscustoms.com)
Why Easter eggs?
in general, are a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth. In
Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolise
the empty tomb of Jesus: though an egg appears to be like the stone of a
tomb, a bird hatches from it; similarly, the Easter egg, for
Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and believers
will also experience eternal life.
practice of decorating egg shells is ancient, pre-dating Christian
traditions. Ostrich eggs with engraved decorations that are 60,000 years
old have been found in parts of Africa. Decorated ostrich eggs, and
representations of ostrich eggs in gold and silver, were commonly placed
inside graves of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians as early as 5,000
years ago. The custom of the Easter egg originated among the
early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the
blood of Jesus Christ shed at his crucifixion. Later, the Church officially
adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection.
Easter eggs is a fun experience for children and adults. The activity
brings out the creativity in all of us. While there are very convenient
methods of dyeing with store-bought kits, nature has the most beautiful
colouring agents and it is never a bad thing to use natural ingredients for your food, even if it is just for looking. The ingredients are
compostable, chemical-free and are a wonderful teaching experience for
TWO WAYS TO DYE THE EGGS
Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan.
Add water until the eggs are covered.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar. It acts as a fixative. Without it, the dyes won't stick to the eggs.
Add the natural dye. Use more dyes for a more intense colour.
Bring the water to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
If you are pleased with the colour, remove the eggs from the liquid.
Bring water to a boil, and add the dye ingredients.
Let them simmer for 15-30 minutes until the dye is of the desired colour.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of white vinegar as a fixative.
Let the dyes cool.
Strain to remove the solid residues.
Add completely cooled hard-boiled eggs and let them soak until they are stained with the desired colour.
Natural dyes are made by mixing white vinegar and water to the natural products.
A Slavic community in
Germany is keeping alive the traditional craft of Easter egg painting.
The Sorbian Heritage Museum in the town of Dissen in Lower Saxony state
in western Germany, has been teaching children how to create the
intricate patterns. Interestingly, the eggs can be decorated in
different ways to convey a message to the recipient. Take a look at this
video to learn about the commendable efforts being undertaken.
Easter eggs in Kolkata
also has a tradition of Easter eggs. Easter eggs of good quality are
available in quite a few places. And not just eggs, but also other
Easter products like Easter bunnies, Easter cookies, etc. Some of the
better places for Easter shopping are:
FLURYS: Simnel cake, nougatine eggs, marzipan figures, sugar baskets, half fondant eggs, real shell eggs, etc.
KOOKIE JAR: Easter eggs (white and dark chocolate), chocolate bunnies, animal-shaped Easter cookies, etc.
BREWIN: Coloured chocolate bunnies, hot cross buns, solid chocolate eggs, ricotta cheesecake, Easter goodie bags, etc.
NAHOUM’S: Chocolate and marzipan eggs, sweet buns, Easter baskets, etc.
SCOOP: Chick Chick Sundae or Mother Hen, hot bunny, etc.
Another Easter egg
In computer software, Easter eggs are secret
responses that occur in response to an undocumented set of commands. The
results can vary from a simple printed message or image, to a page of
programmer credits or a small video game hidden inside an otherwise
serious piece of software. Video game cheat codes are a specific type of
Easter egg, in which entering a secret command will unlock special
powers or new levels for the player.
A techy Easter egg is coding
or features on the Web that either shouldn't be there or you don't
expect to find – and there are plenty to keep us entertained. An
example: Typing ‘Zerg Rush’ in Google will transform your results
into a game. To stop your search results from obliteration, prevent the
letter 'O' from going too far.
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