Egging on Easter


Egg20160320Ever wondered why eggs are such popular symbols for Christ’s resurrection? Apparently, during pagan times, eggs were considered to symbolize fertility and new life.

To celebrate Easter, early Christians took to the second symbolism of eggs to help remind the faithful how everyone is given a new life through the Lord’s triumph over death.

Moreover, the shape of the egg was likened to the tomb where Jesus’ was laid to rest, but found empty on the first Easter Sunday.

Meanwhile, it is not as common knowledge that ancient Persians and Egyptians used eggs to celebrate New Year, which back then coincided with spring, ergo the Easter season. It was them who began the tradition of coloring eggs before eating them during their celebration.

In Eastern European countries, such as Hungary and Romania, wooden eggs are beautifully painted in lots of different patterns, which often given special names and meanings to help tell the Easter Story.

Here in the Philippines, it is safe to say that the practice of mounting Easter Egg for children were an influence of the American settlers. And while more traditionally Filipino Easter practices continue to take place in communities, like the “Salubong” or meeting of Mother Mary and the Resurrected Christ, egg hunts are very much a part of this season’s celebrations across the metro, as The Manila Times gives its annual guide of activities for families to enjoy this coming week.

Sources: and Wikipedia


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