Travel around the world and you will find this fruit of the chicken in most places tied to the celebration of Easter.
How did the simple egg become part of religious Easter?
Finding the truth of this is easier said than done.
Some suggest it evolves from a Latin proverb that goes ‘Omne vivum ex ovo’, what translates to ‘all live come from an egg’.
I guess that’s true but it still doesn’t explain how it became associated with this religious celebration. There is a theory that says Christ’s ascension from the tomb, like the egg is a rebirth of a new better life in heaven.
The coloring of eggs goes back over 60,000 years as a part of ancient spring rituals. Ostrich eggs, not chicken eggs have played a major part in the early coloring traditions.
In the Jewish tradition a egg dipped in salted water has symbolized new life, a tradition that has not disappeared with the passing of centuries.
For a long time eggs were a part of what Christians were not to eat during the Lenten period, and celebrated feasts with the egg at the end of lent.
Today the egg seems to have become more a part of the children’s celebration of Easter than adults, although the Ukrainian tradition of egg decorating has become an art form respected by other peoples around the free world.
And the egg is not just from a chicken any more. In fact most eggs today are likely an equally tasty chocolate treat.
Whatever the real history is, it’s a fine tradition. For all those Christians and others for whom the day and the associated egg is important, I wish you a happy Easter, and happy Passover, or whatever other personal, cultural, or religious tradition that is yours.