The snow is melting and the crocuses are bursting through the thawed ground. It’s spring! If you haven’t noticed the change in the weather yet, you may have noticed the grocery store aisles filled with chocolate, jelly beans, and marshmallow bunnies. Easter is just around the corner, and with it, the sweet and joyful festivities.
Of all the symbols and traditions of Easter, the Easter egg is the most ubiquitous. The egg has long been associated with the season as a symbol of new life and fertility.
At the Passover Seder, a hard-boiled egg dipped in salt water symbolizes the Passover sacrifice offered at the Temple in Jerusalem. Ancient Persians painted eggs for their New Year celebration that fell on the Spring Equinox, and early Christians used the egg as a symbol of the resurrection of Christ, who broke out of the tomb and into eternal life. Some denominations still paint eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ on the cross. Historically, eggs were forbidden during Lent, the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Any eggs laid during this time would have to be hard-boiled in order to be preserved.
Today we continue to use the egg to celebrate the beginning of spring and its holidays. As children, we participate in dyeing, rolling, or hunting for them from a young age and, as we grow, we begin to understand more of the symbolic, historical and spiritual significance. These games are a fun way to involve the entire family in the spirit of the season.
You may be long past believing in the Easter bunny, but there’s something nostalgic and wonderful about a good, old-fashioned egg hunt!
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The Spring Starter Kit includes fresh ways to design your garden, new ideas for preserving the environment, fun tips for springtime get-togethers, and other resources to help you make this the best spring yet! Happy spring, happy Easter, and happy hunting!