Paschal Eggs are really our favourite. We all love them. Beautifully decorated and really amazing. Wooo, but what are these Paschal Eggs??? O don’t worry, they are the Easter Eggs.

Yes, the other name of Easter Eggs are Paschal Eggs.

Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide (Easter season). In old time, people used dyed and painted chicken eggs but in this modern custom, it substitute chocolate eggs wrapped in colourful foil, hand-carved wooden eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as chocolate.

For the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs are really important and it symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus, cracking the egg symbolized the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb.

One ancient tradition was the staining of Easter eggs with the colour red “in memory of the blood of Christ, shed as at that time of his crucifixion.”

The custom of the Easter egg can be traced to early Christians of Mesopotamia and it spread into Russia and Siberia through the Orthodox Churches, later into Europe through the Catholic and Protestant Churches.This Christian use of eggs have been influenced by practices in pre-dynastic period in Egypt as well as mid of the early cultures of Mesopotamia and Crete.

Why am I calling Easter Eggs as Paschal Eggs?

It’s not only me, the world call them as also Paschal Eggs. Paschal Mystery is one of the central concepts of Catholic faith relating to the history of salvation. It’s main subject is the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ โ€“ the work God the Father sent his Son to accomplish on earth. According to the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The Paschal Mystery accomplished once for all by the redemptive death of His Son Jesus Christ.”. The Catechism states that in the liturgy of the Church which revolves around the seven sacraments, “it is principally his own Paschal mystery that Christ signifies and makes present.”

Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Christian churches celebrate this mystery on Easter. It is recalled and celebrated also during every Eucharist and especially on a Sunday, which is the Pascha of the week.

So, you know right now why this Easter Eggs are also known as Paschal Eggs.

Easter Eggs in different customs

Some Christians symbolically link the cracking open of Easter eggs with the empty tomb of Jesus.

In the Orthodox churches, Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal Vigil (which is equivalent to Holy Saturday), and distributed to the faithful. The egg is seen by followers of Christianity as a symbol of resurrection.

Similarly, in the Roman Catholic Church in Poland, the so-called ล›wiฤ™conka i.e. the blessing of decorative baskets with a sampling of Easter eggs and other symbolic foods, is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday.

In Greece, women traditionally dye the eggs with onion skins and vinegar on Thursday (also the day of Communion). These ceremonial eggs are known as kokkina avga. They also bake tsoureki for the Easter Sunday feast.Red Easter eggs are sometimes served along the braided loaf of bread.

In Egypt, it’s a tradition to decorate boiled eggs during Sham el-Nessim holiday, which falls every year after the Eastern Christian Easter.

Legend

In Eastern Christianity, the legend says that Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned bright red when she saw the risen Christ.

A different, but not necessarily conflicting legend concerns Mary Magdalene’s efforts to spread the Gospel. According to this tradition, after the Ascension of Jesus, Mary went to the Emperor of Rome and greeted him with “Christ has risen,” whereupon he pointed to an egg on his table and stated, “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red.”

After making this statement it is said the egg immediately turned blood red.


Dark red eggs are a tradition in Greece and represent the blood of Christ shed on the cross.The practice dates to the early Christian church in Mesopotamia. In Greece, superstitions of the past included the custom of placing the first-dyed red egg at the home’s iconostasis (place where icons are displayed) to ward off evil.

Colouring and Patterning
Colouring

The dying of Easter eggs in different colours is commonplace, with colour being achieved through boiling the egg in natural substances (such as, onion peel (brown colour), oak or alder bark or walnut nutshell (black), beet juice (pink) etc.), or using artificial colourings.

A greater variety of colour was often provided by tying on the onion skin with different coloured woollen yarn.

In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ.

Patterning

When boiling them with onion skins leaves can be attached prior to dying to create leaf patterns. The leaves are attached to the eggs before they are dyed with a transparent cloth to wrap the eggs with like inexpensive muslin or nylon stockings, leaving patterns once the leaves are removed after the dyeing process.
Decorating eggs for Easter using wax resistant batik is a popular method in some other eastern European countries.

Bunny with Easter Eggs????

The Bunny or the Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbitbringing Easter eggs. The “Easter Hare” originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide. The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy, and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays.

Let’s have a tour of Easter Eggs based on Regions

Ukraine – Decorated with wax

Japan – Decorates by pasting piece of papers.

Greece – Dye eggs blood red

Hungary – Use mimic tradition embroidery patterns.

Lavita – Water colour looking eggs dyed with onion skin.

France – Prepare a very large omlete with 4500 eggs

Czech Republic – Thin wire weaving around egg

Poland – Use of sharp knife to draw pictures on coloured eggs

Romania – Similar to Ukraine

Switzerland -Decorate wells with Easter Eggs

Egypt – Eating vegetable’s colour egg.

Mexico – Smash coloured eggs on friend’s head

Bulgaria – Use of wax covered beauties instead of chocolate

Germany – -Decorate tree with Easter Eggs

Croatia – Use of bright colours

South Africa – Displaying beauty of 60,000 years ago of Diepkloof egg

Canada – Use of giant egg.

Slovenia – Carved design on empty shell

Russia – Most ornate and beautiful egg to date.

USA – Celebrate with President Annual Easter Egg Roll

The Radiant of Easter Egg is all over the world and is celebrated with their own meaning beautifully.

Happy Easter!!!

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