• Iris Windsor

The Story of the Easter Egg

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

With Easter upon us, at Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach we spent time talking about Easter and its origins.

This is normally the time of year when we spend time with our families but this year is going to be very different. Most of us are in self isolation so this year is the opportunity for a close knit family Easter.

The children can still become very involved with dreams that include the Easter Bunny and the delivery of eggs. Maybe organise a treasure hunt with a map and clues for the family so that everyone can work out where the eggs are hidden. This can take up quite a lot of time as an activity before providing some fun and enjoyment for everyone in the family to be involved in on Easter morning.

Today most of our Easter eggs are made of chocolate but that hasn't always been the case. In days gone by we had candy or sugar eggs that were beautifully decorated with flowers and leaves and Easter chickens and rabbits. They usually had a treat inside when the egg was opened. They are very hard to find today.....its almost a lost art.

Brightly decorated eggs, easter egg rolling and easter egg hunts have become integral to the celebration of Easter today

Some claim that 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 -- a rebirth of light and an emergence from the lean winter.

For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Painting Easter eggs is an especially beloved tradition in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches where the eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross. Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal vigil and distributed to the congregants.

The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ, and cracking the shell represents Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Moreover, historically Christians would abstain from eating eggs and meat during Lent, and Easter was the first chance to eat eggs after a long period of abstinence. (Orthodox Christians continue to abstain from eggs during Lent.)

Easter egg hunts and egg rolling are two popular egg-related traditions. An egg hunt involves hiding eggs outside for children to run around and find on Easter morning. Eggs are rolled as a symbolic re-enactment of the rolling away of the stone from Christ’s tomb.

In the United States, the Easter Egg Roll is an annual event that is held on the White House lawn each Monday after Easter.

To learn more about Dragonfly's Early Learning Activities, go to https://www.dragonflys.com.au/contact-us or telephone us on 07 5471 6500


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