The celebration of Easter is a joyous time for many families all over the world every year. There seems to be a common theme among everyone who celebrates Easter, which is the egg.
History of the Egg
A common tradition on Easter is to hunt for Easter eggs and decorating or coloring an Easter egg. Where did the Easter egg tradition come from? Nobody knows exactly when the tradition began or where it came from. According to the article “Easter Eggs” on the the Holidays on the Net website, eggs were symbolic to Pagans who believed they represented new life and fertility.
Pagan equinox festival took place around April and they used this time to celebrate a goddess named Eastre, whose sacred animal was a rabbit. Hares have also been linked to new life and fertility. Eggs were also used as a way to celebrate resurrected gods by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Today, many Christians celebrate Easter as the resurrection of Jesus and the egg is viewed by some as symbolic of the resurrection.
How to Boil an Egg
Making an Easter egg is an easy and inexpensive way to enjoy family fun. The cost of a dozen eggs (not organic) is less than a dollar, according to the Georgia Egg Commission. How to boil an egg is easy. The first step is to boil the eggs. It is recommended to cover the eggs with water in a pot, when water reaches a boil, remove from the hot burner and leave covered for 15 minutes.
Boiling eggs is a good idea for two reasons. If they are boiled then that means they are ready to eat. The second reason is if a child drops or steps on a non boiled egg, the mess is quiet messier. An egg that has been boiled is usually edible for 7 days if refrigerated, according to the Benton Franklin Health District in Washington state.
Coloring Eggs and Easter Egg Hunt
One way to dye Easter eggs is to buy the commercially prepared Easter egg coloring kit. However, the next steps will accomplish the same goal, which is to color or decorate Easter eggs. Items needed are food coloring, a spoon, white vinegar, cups, egg holder, and of course the egg.
Fill cups with about half cup of water. Add a tablespoon of white vinegar and mix. Proceed to add a few drops of food coloring until the desired color is obtained. Mix color and vinegar water. Gently place egg in cup with large slotted spoon and let sit in water for several minutes. For darker colored eggs, leave egg in mixture longer. To dry eggs, an egg carton or egg holder can be used.
After the fun of boiling, coloring, and drying the eggs, it is time to hunt for the eggs. Always hunt for eggs in a clean and safe environment for the kids. Prizes usually are given away in plastic eggs, such as candy or money. When hunting real eggs, tradition of prizes vary. A number can be marked on the egg and the number is associated with a prize. Another tradition is whoever has the most eggs receive a prize.
Decorating and hunting for Easter eggs is a popular Easter tradition all over the world. Take time and discuss with family and friends the history of Easter and then have some fun boiling, coloring, and hunting for eggs.