With one of the major festivals of Christians approaching – Easter, it is the time of eggs and bunnies once again, a time of celebration and feasting. For Christians it’s their most important time of the year – a time for remembrance and gratitude. The religious celebration commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated throughout the world. Everyone, regardless of religious persuasion, enjoys this spring time banquet especially kids! Popular customs are egg decorations and various egg games.
And the easter celebration can not be without lots of good food and sweets! Over the centuries some foods have become so firmly associated with the Easter holiday that many families can’t imagine Easter dinner without them.
The most popular:
Easter Eggs – chocolate or real
Eggs were originally used by pagans to represent the rebirth of the Earth in celebrations of spring. It was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus. In many countries, particularly in Eastern and most of the Continental Europe, the egg shell is dyed or painted with elaborate designs and bright colours.
The first chocolate Easter eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th Century, with France and Germany taking the lead in this new artistic confectionery. The chocolate Easter egg market was very slow, until a method was found for making the chocolate flow into the molds.
Today, there are so many easter Egg designs and varieties!
Lamb tradition goes back earlier than Easter, to the first Jewish Passover. The sacrificial lamb was roasted and eaten, together with flat bread and bitter herbs, in the hope that the angel of God would ‘pass over’ their homes and bring no harm. As Hebrews converted to Christianity, they naturally brought along their traditions with them. The Christians often refer to Jesus as The Lamb of God. Thus, the traditions merged.
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