The Easter Egg of Easter Eggs: What is their role in the Easter holiday?

Easter eggs are a cornerstone of many Easter celebrations, but have you ever wondered where those traditions come from? Independence Bunting sheds some light on the familiar Easter egg and its celebrated origins.

Christian Symbolism

Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that eggs represent Jesus’s resurrection and emergence from his tomb. According to some sources, eggs were forbidden during Lent. Instead, they were painted as a mark of the penance and fasting of the period, then eaten as part of the Easter celebration. The Eastern and Orthodox community dyes the eggs predominantly red, evocative of the blood shed by Christ on the cross. The hard shell represents the tomb, and cracking the shell symbolizes his resurrection.

Why Are Eggs Dyed for Easter?

Although a religious holiday, coloring eggs a bright color is not mentioned in the Bible in relation to any part of the event. The origin of dying eggs has been shown to pre-date Christianity and written history. In fact, it is found in many cultures across the globe. Brightly dyed eggs, Easter egg hunts, and candy are modern traditions, but throughout history, eggs have held a prominent place in festivities for more than just rolling, decorating, and eating.

Pagan Symbolism

The Easter holiday does not fall on the same day each year. Instead, it is aligned with the full moon or Spring Equinox. As with many important Christian holidays, Easter coincides with many pagan celebrations. Back in the day, incorporating some of the pagan traditions into the religious observations helped ease the transition in converting people to Christianity.

In this case, Easter aligns with the commemoration of the Spring Equinox and the return of the Sun God. The event celebrates the return of light and emerging from the winter season. Some scholars believe the word “Easter” comes from the pagan fertility goddess Eostre, who could transform into a bird or a hare. Colors associated with her were pastel, such as pale pink, green, and yellow. Eggs have long been the symbol of fertility, new life and rebirth in this and a variety of cultures around the world. The relationship between the bird and hare in this myth may be the root of the Easter Bunny tradition.

Traditional Symbolism

Spring is often a time of jubilation. The short, cold days of winter become longer and warmer as the earth begins sprouting green buds and wildlife is waking. Feasts, filled with offerings of sweets, meats and cheeses can typically be found on tables around the world. Easter bunting, egg rolls, and hunts have become integral to the modern celebrations.

To help you celebrate, Independence Bunting carries Easter bunting to add a festive touch to Springtime celebrations. The pink, lilac and yellow stripes can complement almost any theme. Rust-proof grommets allow for hanging ease, and the fans fold back into their original pleats for quick, easy storage.

We also love to help you celebrate any holiday, so check out our selection of Holiday Bunting and other decor. As always - everything is proudly made in the USA!

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