In many cultures, the egg is viewed as the symbol of new life. It is, after all, the perfect example of fertility and the cycle of rebirth. In early Christian cultures, consumption of the Easter egg may have marked the end of Lent. In Greek Orthodox Christianity, there is a legend that after Christ’s death on the cross, Mary Magdalene went to the emperor of Rome, and told him of Jesus’ resurrection. The emperor’s response was along the lines of “Oh, yeah, right, and those eggs over there are red, too.” Suddenly, the bowl of eggs turned red, and Mary Magdalene joyfully began preaching Christianity to the emperor.
Mary Magdalene and the red eggs aren’t the earliest examples of eggs as a spring symbol. In Persia, eggs have been painted for thousands of years as part of the spring celebration of No Ruz, which is the Zoroastrian new year. In Iran, the colored eggs are placed on the dinner table at No Ruz, and a mother eats one cooked egg for each child she has. The festival of No Ruz predates the reign of Cyrus the Great, whose rule (580-529 b.c.e.)markes the beginning of Persian history.
Eco-Friendly Easter Eggs
As Easter holiday is just around the corner, it’s time to decorate and hunt for Easter eggs. Everything around us is becoming eco-friendly, and it is time now for eco-friendly Easter eggs to become a rage. Here are some of the eco-friendly ways to decorate Easter Eggs:
Pine cone Easter eggs is one the most eco-friendly way to make Easter Eggs. Shred all the needles of the cone, turning them into big, beautiful eggs. Also, acrylic paints or water colors can give these eggs new colours. These eggs can be kept forever as Easter memory.
Embroidery floss can also be used to make Easter eggs. Various color flosses can be wrapped around original eggs to give them a beautiful and delicate look.
Find rocks, which have a shape like eggs and paint them for the eco-friendly Easter egg hunt.
Papier Mache eggs: Papier machie eggs can become the favourite Easter eggs, as they last the longest and can also hold treats. Moreover, they are fun to paint.
Wooden Eggs: With wooden eggs, one can do umpteen things — from colouring them with Sharpies, glue buttons or photos on them, to showcasing decoupage work.
Felted wool Easter eggs are a great start when kids are young. They are soft, delicate and easy to make. Here are the step on how to make Easter eggs from felt Wool. Steps to make Easter Eggs from wool.
While painting the Easter eggs make sure to use home made dyes and not synthetic colours.
Instead of painting the shells, one can also hard boil the eggs and dip them in natural colours from kitchen like beetroot juice, turmeric juice and natural food colours.
So here are some fun and eco-friendly ideas to decorate Easter Eggs for Easter 2014.