Easter eggs work wonderfully well for adding a fun element during the holiday and children absolutely love them. To make your own Easter eggs, you can use moulds. Alternatively, think about buying personalised eggs and add your own twist. In addition, choose between those made of chocolate and plastic eggs filled with treats.
Mini Easter eggs make for great candy. Easter or not, enjoy the eggs any time of the year.
Easter eggs are given across the world to celebrate Easter or springtime, symbolising fertility and rebirth. People originally painted chicken's eggs although today they have been substituted for their chocolate counterparts. Painting eggs in celebration dates back as far as 60,000 years with decorative ostrich eggs being found in Africa. Furthermore, Ancient Egyptians placed complexly-painted ostrich eggs into graves.
Christians give Easter eggs to symbolise Jesus Christ's empty tomb at Eastertide as well as the rebirth. The egg also celebrates the end of Lent, whereby Christians fast for forty days and forty nights as Jesus did in the desert. Shrove Tuesday or 'Pancake day' is the day before Lent and pancakes are generally consumed to use up eggs and dairy as they are banned during the fast. Ash Wednesday is the official beginning of Lent.
The Easter Bunny is a mythical character which originated in Germany, and is said to bring Easter eggs to well behaved children on Easter Sunday. Disobedient or ill-behaved children initially didn't receive chocolate eggs. In some cultures people set up Easter egg hunts as a fun activity for children, to get them into the Easter spirit.
Today eggs are largely given in Celebration of Easter. Commercialisation of the festival has meant that around Easter time, you can now buy a whole range of Easter-themed paraphernalia including baskets, bunny masks and fancy dress outfits. Easter eggs range from bite sized offerings to giant chocolate eggs for all of the family to enjoy.