Happy Easter everyone! So this happened over the weekend. Marzipan eggs and bunnies for Easter. And chocolate eggs as well.
Easter eggs are also known as “paschal eggs” – variants include either chocolate eggs wrapped in foil, or marzipan eggs decorated with icing, or carved wooden or plastic eggs filled with confectionery, or cardboard eggs filled with gifts. Traditionally a symbol of fertility and rebirth, eggs in Eastertide symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus, from which Jesus resurrected. The custom of the Easter egg can be traced to the early Christians of Mesopotamia, from where it spread into Russia and Siberia through the Orthodox churches, and later into Europe through the Catholic churches. In early days, eggs were not allowed to be eaten in the Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter). Any eggs laid during that time were saved and decorated, and gifted to children on Easter.
The Easter bunny finds its origins in the eighteenth century, with German immigrants in the US who settled in Pennsylvania, carrying with them their traditions of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” (Ochter Haws). The children of the family made nests into which the creature could lay its colored eggs. The Easter bunny has nothing specifically to do with Jesus, except for the connection with the eggs, and the fact that rabbits give birth to large litters, symbolic of new life.
Have a look at the goodies I created and munched on! Ably balancing the Toxicity of the sweetness overload with green tea and black coffee. Oh and a book too! A well spent Sunday reading, eating and drinking.