If you’ve been shopping anywhere, you’ve seen the seemingly hundreds of different Easter egg kits. Even as adults, buying dozens of eggs, multiple dye kits -even including the mess, Easter egg decoration is still fun. But have you ever stopped to wonder where the dying eggs tradition came from? Well, look no further because we did some research!
A brief history of the Easter egg
Eggs are traditionally linked to pagan traditions. It’s seen as a symbol of new life and rebirth, used in celebrations for the arrival of spring. For Christians, the Easter Egg symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb. Believe it or not, egg decorating eggs dates back to the 13th century. It’s known that Martin Luther had the men hid eggs for the women and children to find with the eggs representing Christ’s tomb.
While the Bible doesn’t mention the egg-delivering rabbit, the Easter bunny has long been a symbol of Easter. While the exact origins of the mythical mammal are debatable, rabbits are known for their fertility. Some sources state the rabbits arrived in the United States, specifically Pennsylvan ia in the 1700s with German immigrants with their egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children would make nest for the rabbits to bare their colorful eggs and even would leave carrots for them to eat, similar to cookies for Santa Claus.
Egg decorating ideas
While every family has their own egg dying tradition, whether it’s the same favorite process/kit or trying a new one each year, we’ve found some fun ones to try. From Mario Kart themed eggs to little scuba divers and decoupage eggs, there’s sure to be some fun ideas for you and your family. We’d love to see your pictures afterwards!