Let's Color Some Easter Eggs
One of my favorite traditions at Easter was getting to color eggs. Since that time has long past, I thought it would be fun to try and experiment with Easter eggs.
Sophie got all excited and has come out to help with the project.
I was curious and wanted to find out why we color and then hunt for eggs at Easter time. Checking with Wikipedia, I found that "the egg is a pagan symbol of the rebirth of the Earth and was later adopted by Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus".
As a child, I was told that the Easter Bunny delivered the eggs in a nice basket with other treats and I would have to hunt and find where it was hidden. Looking back, I guess this was one way to get me up early and ready for the special church service.
From what I learned with Wikipedia, painting and delivering eggs has been around for at least 2,500 years. I also discovered that onion skins were boiled with the eggs to give them a popular tan color. This gave me the idea to boil my white eggs with the skin of a red onion.
After carefully placing my eggs in a pan of water, I gently heated them so that none were broken. I then allowed the eggs to remain in the hot purple water for about 15 minutes to absorb the color.
I returned to Wikipedia for more ideas on how to decorate my egg while they were cooling and drying. There are many traditions and variations on decorating eggs. Some of the designs are so very complex. I think each region and/or country has its own custom.
Sophie lends a helpful paw, checking to see if the eggs are ready.
After gathering ideas from various countries, I made my colored eggs with simple designs. Trying to stay with tradition, I placed my eggs in a basket with dried grass that I cut from my yard. What a fun project this was, it took me back to my youth and so many fond memories.
For more information on the customs and tradition of Easter Eggs please visit Wikipedia
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