Why Easter eggs?
Coloring eggs? Hiding them around the house or garden? How did this tradition arise?
Easter Eggs have a long history. Ancient Egyptians and Persians colored eggs during their spring festivals for centuries before Christianity existed. The egg has always been a symbol of rebirth, which is why it was so appropriately tied to the Easter holiday.
In the early days of the church, eggs were forbidden during Lent, which may have spurred the tradition of exchanging them on Easter.
Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers.
Today, Easter Eggs often include those made of plastic and chocolate that sit alongside the real eggs in children's Easter baskets.
Several Easter Egg games have evolved, including perhaps the most popular being the Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt, in which children search for hiding Easter Eggs, can be done in a familial or community setting -- or both. Another American favorite is the Easter Egg Roll, in which children arrive at the White House and roll eggs down the lawn, hoping the President of the United States is watching.
Another popular tradition in many countries is the Egg-Knocking game, in which each person chooses an Easter Egg, and pairs knock their eggs together until only one person is left with an uncracked egg and is declared the winner.
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