The Weekend Project: Creative Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs
April 08, 2022
Easter is almost always synonymous with springtime. While Easter is a religious holiday as it marks the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, many of the traditions are not found in the Bible and have pagan origins. One such example is the most prominent symbol, which is the Easter Bunny. It was reportedly brought by the German immigrants to America in the 1700s. They believed and told stories about an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws” and eventually became widespread across the U.S. Easter eggs, however, are linked to both Christian and pagan traditions. Eggs are ancient symbols of new life and have long been related to pagan spring festivals. On the other hand, Christians believe that Easter eggs depict Jesus Christ’s emergence from the tomb and resurrection. The tradition of decorating Easter eggs traces back its roots to at least the 13th century. Many believed that it actually started because eggs were a forbidden food to eat during the Lenten season. So, people would decorate or paint them to signify the end of the period of penance and fasting and then would eventually eat them on Easter Sunday as a way of celebration. Two popular egg-related traditions have sprung–Easter egg hunts and egg rolling. In the White House, the Easter egg roll first became a tradition during Rutherford Hayes’ presidency in 1878, wherein children pushed the decorated, hard-boiled eggs across the White House lawn. Although the event is not related to religious practices, many have associated it with the symbolic rolling of the stone that blocked Jesus’ tomb, which led to His resurrection. Continuing the tradition even at your home or neighborhood is one that children look forward to the most in the coming holiday. And to prepare for the Easter egg hunt and egg rolling, we have listed down some of the most creative ways to decorate the eggs.