Happy Easter everyone!
I don't know about you but I'm dreaming of a giant chocolate Easter egg. Yum, yum!
Did you know that the Easter Egg is used to symbolise the start of new life, just as new life emerges when the chick hatches from the egg?
The egg is seen by followers of Christianity as a symbol of resurrection; while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.
The Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, colour their Easter eggs red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolised the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which represented His resurrection from the dead. Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal Vigil (which is equivalent to Holy Saturday), and distributed to the faithful. Each household also brings an Easter basket to church, filled not only with Easter eggs but also with other Paschal foods such as paskha, kulich or Easter breads, and these are blessed by the priest as well.
Easter eggs are a widely popular symbol of new life in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and other Central European countries' folk traditions. A batik (wax resist) process is used to create intricate, brilliantly colored eggs, the best-known of which is the Ukrainian pysanka and the Polish pisanka. The celebrated Fabergé workshops created exquisite jewelled Easter eggs for the Russian Imperial Court. Most of these creations themselves contained hidden surprises such as clock-work birds, or miniature ships. A 27-foot (9 m) sculpture of a pysanka stands in Vegreville, Alberta.
There are many other decorating techniques and numerous traditions of giving them as a token of friendship, love or good wishes