It really isn’t about just coloured eggs – is it ?

opinionandcommentBy Staff

April 17, 2014


The kids love them, grandparents have a great time hiding the coloured eggs and parents learn to deal with the sugar high that follows that Friday morning fun.

It’s something we do – harmless but at some point those children should hear the story and let them decide as they grow what they choose to believe.

But there is another culturally historic story behind those Easter eggs.

Easter egg hunt

It’s not the forty loaves story is it?

Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, are decorated eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime. As such, Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide. The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans. Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility, and rebirth.

In Christianity, the celebration of Eastertide includes Easter eggs symbolizing the empty tomb of Jesus: though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.

One can argue for years over the concept of a risen Christ – but the facts are, there was a man who was crucified – his name was Jesus.  The rest of the Christian tradition is a matter of faith.


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