Where did Easter Eggs,Bunnies, And Bells Come From ?
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Where did the custom of coloring eggs come from?
No one knows for sure where the coloring of Easter eggs comes from. We do know that the ancient Egyptians dyed colored eggs for their friends. As did the ancient Chinese, Greeks and Persians.
Not all Easter eggs are real eggs. Easter eggs can be and are made from a variety of materials. Some of these include wood, paper , glass, plastic, paper mache and other materials.
A long time favorite of children as well as adults , would be the sugar egg. It is a large egg that is made up of sugar. It is a hallowed out egg, made of sugar and has an opening to peer through. . Inside the egg is a scene or an object that can be seen when looking inside through the peephole.
Who brings colored eggs?
Colored eggs at Easter ? Who brings them?
It all depends on where you live.
The Easter bunny, or rabbit, brings eggs to children at Easter if you live in the United States and Canada.
If you are a child living in England and Germany you would say the hare brings colored eggs at Easter. The hare looks like a rabbit but it is larger, has longer ears and legs. The legend about colored Easter eggs and the hare began in Germany.
The children of Italy, Belgium and France would say, Easter eggs are brought by the church bells.
Church bells there, do not ring from Good Friday until Easter Sunday, And so , because of this, people say that the bells have flown off to Rome. When the bells fly back for Easter, it is told that, they drop colored eggs for boys and girls to find.
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The games people play
Children and adults alike play games on Easter. They roll eggs down a hill to see how many eggs can make it and not crack. A famous Easter Egg Roll is held on the White House lawn in Washington, D.C. This Easter egg roll, is played on flat ground and the participant uses a spoon to push the egg to the finish line.
Some people have Easter Egg contests...children hunt the Easter Eggs and the one finding the most eggs is awarded a prize.
Plastic eggs are filled with candy, coins or perhaps a small toy. At my Easter gathering the random plastic eggs may have a slip of paper with a number written on it . The person finding a number turns in the slip of paper an given a prize that matches the number. Usually there is a list of prizes that can be found. These prizes are to big to fit into a little ole plastic Easter egg. The prizes can be fun or just silly...anything from a Starbuck's gift card to a pair of socks..Yes, even the adults hunt for these eggs...You get what you get and don't have a fit..its all in fun! And it really is a lot of fun....
What are we eating?
Well Easter eggs of course!
If you live in Russia, you may eat an Easter bread that is full of white raisins and taste like cake. In some countries, in Eastern Europe, you may eat an Easter cake that is shaped like a skirt. A babka, it means "little old woman." In Italy Easter, cakes are shaped like a rabbit, asymbol of birth and new life.
In many countries, including the United States, people bake Easter cookies and cakes that are shaped like a lamb. As a lamb is a symbol of Jesus.
Another favorite food is the Hot cross buns. The buns have a cross over the top made of icing. The cross being another important symbol of Easter.
And of course we can't forget the jelly beans, peeps and chocolate eggs
What are we wearing?
To some people it is important to have new clothes for Easter Sunday. Little girls are dressed up with a pretty new dress, patent leather shoes, gloves and maybe a bonnet or a pretty hat. Boys wear a nice outfit and maybe a tie.
Often times after church people walk around or stroll down the streets with their new outfits and hats. They are part of what is called an "Easter Parade."
A parade on Easter in St. Augustine, Florida is called "Parade of the Horses and Carriages." You will see men in armor on horseback, people in costume in carriages being pulled by horses. The horses are wearing fancy Easter bonnets. The parade is a part of a week long Easter Festival.
Easter festivals date back to ancient times. At that time, it was in celebration of the coming of spring.
Some people say that Easter may have gotten its name from the goddess of spring Eostre.