Easter may be the best excuse to eat as much chocolate as we’d like judgement-free, but where did the tradition of Easter eggs originate?
In many cultures around the world the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility or re-birth. The tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs (a craft that is still loved in primary schools country-wide) even pre-dates Christianity, with some claiming the Easter egg has Pagan roots.
Before Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, some argue ancient pagans in Europe observed the Spring Equinox as the return of the Sun God. The Venerable Bede, an English monk who wrote the first history of Christianity in England, believed the word Easter was derived from a Pagan fertility goddess named ‘Eostre’ in English and Germanic cultures. In other languages the word for Easter — Pascua in Spanish and Pasques in French – derives from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover.
For Christians, the egg is a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus Christ: the hollowness of the shell is used to symbolise the empty tomb. Historically Christians abstain from eating eggs and meat during lent (Orthodox Christians continue with this tradition) and Easter was always the first chance to eat eggs after a period of abstinence.
Modern-day lent is seen as a time where we give up things that may be unhealthy – chocolate being one of them – and we now often see Easter as a period for indulging, with the first chocolate egg dating back to early 19th Century France and Germany.
For those who aren’t religious, Easter has become a time for us to celebrate family, fresh starts and new life in other forms. We flock to farms to witness lambing, go gaga over cute bunnies and of course get stuck in to family feasts – including all that lovely chocolate. And in todays online world you can’t swing a cat on Facebook or Instagram without coming across an image of some gorgeous spring blossom.
Easter usually brings with it a host of pastel colours – purples, whites, yellows, blues – that historically symbolise the arrival of lent, the re-birth of jesus and the colours of Spring. With this in mind we’ve highlighted the TUSTING best of Easter: the pastels that’ll see you through this season and beyond.
And of course you’ll need somewhere to store all your chocolate eggs: the Great British Easter Egg hunt always needs a conveyance for its booty! We recommend the below to see you from hunt to happy tummy: