Easter 2010 - Easter Eggs

The Easter eggs represent the beginning of a new life. This was symbolic of the advent of Spring which brought with it a new life for flora and fauna. Easter eggs were first colored by the pagans to resemble the rising sun and announce the return of light. The northern lights were also painted on the Easter eggs.

Later, an ancient Christian legend spoke of Mary giving the eggs to Roman soldiers and begging them not to kill her son. Subsequently, Easter eggs became a popular gift to give on Easter to bring luck and welfare to the family.

The most popular Easter eggs are definitely the Faberge eggs. The Russian Czar wanted to give his wife, the Empress Marie an extremely unique Easter gift. So he commissioned the famous goldsmith named Peter Faberge to create a special ornamental Easter egg for his wife – now known as the Faberge egg.

Some myths also came to abound about the Easter egg during the late Christian period. It was believed that eggs laid on Good Friday, if kept for a 100 years would become diamonds. Also, if Good Friday eggs were cooked on Easter they would promote fertility of crops and prevent against sudden deaths. And last but not the least, two yolks in an Easter egg meant you were going to be rich very soon!

source: historyofeaster .info