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The history of Easter eggs and tips for painting them

26 mayo, 2021

There is a very fun home tradition that children love: the Easter eggs. Because we continue to take care of each other and stay at home, it is the perfect occasion to prepare it and have a fun day.

To encourage you to do it with your family, we will tell you the history of this tradition and how to paint some fun Easter eggs. Keep reading!

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The story of the rabbit and the Easter eggs

Easter eggs and rabbit

Discover the relationship that the rabbit has with Easter eggs. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Easter bunny is one of the symbols of Holy Week, especially in Anglo-Saxon countries, where it is typical to give decorated eggs to children and friends during Easter.

These, as a game, are hidden in the corners of the house so that the children look for them and, when they find them, they take some candy as a prize, and keep the eggs found as a trophy.

But what relationship does the Easter bunny have with the eggs?

This was a fertility symbol of pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon cultures, and was associated with the goddess Easter, to whom the month of April and the spring festivals were dedicated.

With the passage of time, the rabbit adapted to Holy Week, due to a legend associated with the resurrection of Christ:

When they put Jesus in the tomb that Joseph of Arimathea had prepared, they did not realize that in the cave there was a hidden rabbit that, very scared, saw how people entered, wept and was sad.

The bunny stared at the body of Jesus, being locked in the cave. However, on the third day, the little creature saw something surprising: how Christ returned from the dead, and how an angel moved the rock with which they had covered the cave so that he could come out.

Then the rabbit understood that Jesus was the Son of God and decided that he had to communicate the news to all the people who were saddened by his death.

However, being only a small rabbit, he could not speak to humans and tell them the good news, so he decided to paint some eggs with cheerful colors and leave them in different places for people to find them.

People would understand the message of life and joy that the egg represented, and they would know that Jesus was alive.

This is how the tradition of painting and hiding eggs was born. And starting in the 19th century, the chocolate and sugar rabbit became popular in Germany. What’s more, he became one of the favorite figures of pastry chefs.

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Paint your own Easter egg

Easter eggs

Decorate your Easter eggs (Photo: Getty Images)

  • To decorate the eggs, you need to keep the eggshells as complete as possible. You can make a small hole in the coquito of the egg to remove the white and the yolk, and then wash them very carefully.
  • We recommend using white eggs so that the colors of the paintings look better.
  • Get your most creative side: use vegetable paints, diamond, and even ribbons. Materials and your imagination are all you need!
  • You can fill the eggs with small candies or gummies, or if you prefer, buy chocolate rabbits and give them as a reward to the children when they find the eggs.

A very fun Easter Sunday awaits you!

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