Easter eggs, egg decoration and Easter egg hunts are all integral to our Easter traditions – but why is that?
Well, the egg is an ancient symbol of fertility and rebirth and the tradition of decorating eggs is also ancient – a 60,000 years old decorated and engraved ostrich egg was discovered in Africa!
Eggs were often boiled with natural ingredients to turn them different colours – boiling with walnut shells can turn the eggs black, tree bark can turn them black or golden, and beetroot turns them red. In Greece, one of the oldest traditions of Easter is to dye eggs red.
A batik-like technique is used to decorate eggs in Central Europe, such as the Ukrainian pysanka and the Polish pisanka eggs.
But the fanciest (and probably most expensive!) eggs were those created by Fabergé for the Russian Tsars as gifts for their wives and mothers.
Egg ‘tapping’ is another a common eggy tradition, where 2 eggs are tapped together and the winner is the person with the last egg to break. In Greece this is called tsougrisma, in Switzerland it’s Ostereiertitschen, in the Netherlands it’s called eiertikken and in the north of England the tradition is called ‘egg jarping’ or ‘egg dumping’.
A few more eggy facts:
At eatsleepdoodle we love a good Easter Egg Hunt and we usually plan it out in advance on our tablecloth!
If your kids love reading about prehistoric eggs (and what kid doesn't?) then why not treat them to a Colour & Learn Dinosaur pillowcase? Lots of dinosaurs were hatched out of eggs - like the amazing Oviraptors.
The Oviraptor was initially thought to have been an egg thief - that's what its name means - as its fossils were discovered on top of the remains of prehistoric eggs! It turns out those were probably its own eggs that it had been sitting on when it died in its nest!
You can find out more about some of the dinosaurs featured in our eatsleepdoodle Colour & Learn range here.