Why do we dye eggs at Easter? † Cooking and Eating

cooking and eatingWith six primary colors, some glitter and all sorts of things around the house, an ordinary egg quickly turns into an Easter egg. The fact that we are now painting and decorating eggs as creatively as possible is the opposite of the way it was in some Orthodox churches. They colored Easter eggs red to represent the blood of Jesus.

, artistic expressions came much later. “Where this comes from is actually not at all known,” explains Jeff de Jagger. He is a cultural anthropologist and author of Folk Customs in Holland. De Jager believes that drawing eggs as creatively as possible is not at all outdated. This must have originated in the nineteenth century. Egg-painting is a very homely affair, and fits right in with a 19th-century family romance. In addition, it is time to establish the schools and I feel that the schools are largely responsible for spreading this tradition. De Jager explained that teachers in particular got children excited about drawing eggs.

There was a time when eggs were not painted. In the 1980s, many people thought that everything about tradition and commerce was nonsense. ,, The NRC predicted in 1981, for example, that Sinterklaas would likely continue for another three years. At that time I started writing about the folk customs of Holland. At the time, I thought I was really working on the shrine of an “elegy,” de Jaeger says. Over time, he was overtaken by interest in Dutch folk customs.

Despite the fact that the majority of people associate Easter primarily with the kitchens of Mandemakers, Gamma and Ikea, the Easter spirit is more alive than ever. De Jaeger: “Now we are really in the middle of reviving traditions. The main reason for that is that the world around us is changing very quickly. Then people stick to the old things.”

fertility symbol

According to the history site Ishistory, it’s actually an old custom. The site states that many Easter traditions seem to come from the spring holidays of other cultures and religions. Eggs have always been a symbol of fertility and are therefore associated with spring. According to some sources, people have been dyeing eggs for thousands of years with the onset of spring. In what is now Iran, this happened during Nowruz, the Iranian New Year that falls in spring.

The popular theory is that Easter builds on pre-Christian customs. The goddess of fertility often appears as Ēostre. However, some Christians have embraced the Easter egg as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. “In some Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches, they paint eggs red as a symbol of Christ’s blood. They see the boiled egg as a symbol of Christ’s tomb. When they break the eggshell it is like His resurrection.




This article originally appeared on February 6, 2016. This article has been modified and supplemented. Watch our cooking and eating videos here:



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