Easter is perhaps the most important time in the Christian calendar. Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ is important, it comes with fanfare and all of that, but Easter is far more important. It is the foundation of Christianity. It is known by much of the world as the holiday that celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection. It starts with lent, which is the 40-day period that builds up to Easter Sunday.
I’m sure, just like me, so many persons may be wondering about the mystery of Easter eggs and want to know why it is so much talked about in the West.
It is known that Easter is not complete especially in the western world without the use of eggs or the mention of it. The Easter eggs represent new life.
According to Danny, a popular blogger in EF’s GO blog, just like the Easter Bunny the egg has been a symbol of the mystery of life itself. It was the focus of philosophical debate as far back as legendary scholar Plutarch.
The painting of eggs is said to be part of the celebration of this concept of new life and, again, predates Christianity. According to Danny, the tradition of decorating eggs is part of “Nowruz,” the ancient Persian new year festival.
Research also has it that Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus coming back to life and emerging from the tomb. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th Century, according to some sources.
One explanation given for this custom is that eggs used to be a forbidden food during lent, so people usually paint and decorate eggs to mark the end of the period of fasting and thereafter eat them on Easter as a celebration.
It is gathered that the first chocolate Easter eggs were made in Europe, mostly in France and Germany, in the early 19th Century.
John Cadbury made his first Easter egg in 1875. The industrial factories of Britain, produced the chocolate Easter egg in 1873. Since then, people in western countries have gone in pursuit of chocolate-filled glory.
In 2011, the world’s tallest Easter egg chocolate was made in Italy. At 7,200 kg, it weighed more than an elephant and stood at an astonishing 10.39 meters high, Danny wrote.