Coloring eggs dates to Middle Ages
Published 5:02 pm Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are popular symbols of Easter.
The Easter Bunny originates from pre-Christian legends in which rabbits were used to symbolize new life. Early Christians viewed eggs as symbols of Christ's resurrection, therefore, appropriate Easter gifts.
The custom of decorating Easter eggs dates back to the Middle Ages. Spinach and anemone leaves were used to create green eggs, gorse blossoms for yellow, logwood for purple and cochineal for red.
In Eastern Europe the dying of Easter eggs has evolved into an art form. Elaborate, multicolored designs are applied to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
Now you know the real story of the Easter egg celebration. Hunting Easter eggs again? Do it the safe way.
Easter will be here before you know it.
Most “children” young and old alike are looking forward to the traditional Easter egg hunt. You remember how that goes don't you? You dye all those eggs then hide them outside in the grass, bushes, behind trees and who knows where else. You didn't even find all the eggs that were hidden last year. After the hunt is over you then eat those eggs, right? No!
Handling eggs at Easter or at any time during the year provides many chances for eggs to become contaminated with bacteria. Keep the following tips in mind to assure your Easter will be a happy and safe one: