With Easter celebrations just around the corner, many traditions survived along with the oldest and arguably the most important holy day on the calendar. However, in the olden days, some traditions that have since lost favor showed a different side to the favorite holiday.
With Easter being on Sunday, April 21, this year, it is a holiday that will be celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike as it's been for hundreds of years.
Easter eggs and cute bunny in green grass. | Source: Shutterstock
Besides it being a commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ - as Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion in the 1st-century Judea, it means a variety of things to different people.
In a variety of ways, eggs have always been synonymous with Easter as it has the religious symbolism of the resurrection of Jesus. The decoration of eggs for a holiday dates back to the 13th century although at the time they dyed them red, symbolic to the blood of Christ.
A rabbit and colored Easter eggs. | Source: Freepik
Today we go out to the store and buy some, but only a generation ago it was more fun. Chicken eggs got decorated and painted in all sorts of colors while the easter egg hunt was a firm favorite among children.
It was a part of Easter that brought families together while having fun and while some might still encourage this age-old tradition, it has sadly been more absent as of late.
Painted eggs and carrot cake with Easter decorations. | Source: Freepik
In honor of the Easter bunny, thecake
is usually carrot-flavored and another tradition that withstood the test of time.
The cakes are made in a variety of shapes, most often round and decorated with an Easter theme and a highlight for those with a sweet tooth.
A menu that most of the younger generation are most probably not familiar with is once again representative of the religious symbolism.
With dishes like lamb chops, ham, carrots, and deviled eggs, many would have argued not so long that the day wouldn’t have been the same without it.
Dating back as far as 1773 Easter Vigils, or Easter sunrise services as it was otherwise known, symbolized when Mary visited Jesus’s empty tomb the day following his resurrection at dawn.
Since then, a church service got held every year and attended by families in mass.
Inside a church service. | Source: Stockvault.
If you want to try your luck at dyeing some eggs for easter, a little bit of patience will go a long way. In fact, for the perfectly colored egg, taking your time is essential.
Firstly, make sure that the hard-boiled egg has cooled down completely before you start handling it to color. The next step to take your time with is the amount of time you soak the eggs in the dye.
A collection of brightly colored eggs. | Source: Freepik
Based on 20 drops of food colorant in enough water to completely cover the eggs, anything less than 5 minutes would leave the color looking watery.
Also, remember to add a teaspoon of white vinegar to the water mixture, while another point to keep in mind is the more color you add to the mix, the darker the egg will be.
While keeping on the topic of Easter, some people may find they need some help getting into the spirit of things, and if that is the case, there are at least 20 bunnies that can help you get into the mood.