復活節 Easter eggs and tradition
In the Jewish religion, Passover, the Jewish Passover, commemorates the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, led by Moses. At their first meal as free men, they sacrificed a lamb, a sacred animal in Egypt. This meat has since been eaten by Jews on the occasion of Passover.
For Christians, Easter is also one of the main events of the calendar, symbolic of life after death. On this day, they celebrate the resurrection of Christ, after his crucifixion, on Good Friday. Easter also ends the period of Lent, which lasts 40 days. There are similarities with Passover, especially lamb. Easter would have this name because according to the Gospels, the death of Christ would have taken place on the feast of Passover. Easter is also found in pagan traditions: it is a period of renewal, with the arrival of spring.
The origin of Easter eggs
In chocolate, sugar, painted or baked: the egg is the symbol of Easter. Among the Egyptians, Persians and Romans in particular, the egg is a symbol of life, offered in spring. More enlargement, hens and chicks also took on the same symbolism.
In the Middle Ages, the Church forbade eating eggs during Lent: they were kept until the end of the fast and then decorated. It was in the 18th century that we had the idea of emptying eggs to fill with chocolate to mark the end of fasting and Lent. This tradition is still very present in some countries, such as Germany. The first all-chocolate eggs appeared in the 19th century, thanks to advances in techniques for working with cocoa paste and to molds offering increasingly varied shapes.
Why the bells or the rabbits?
For several centuries, it has been forbidden to ring the bells of Catholic churches between Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday, as a sign of mourning. A tradition that can be found especially in France, Belgium and Italy.
The children were then told that the bells would be blessed by the Pope in Rome. On returning, they come to chime and deposit in the passage in the famous chocolate eggs so awaited by the children. In Germany and in eastern France, it is a rabbit (the emblem of the goddess Ost Ara, symbol of fertility and spring in the pagan Germanic tradition), in the United States, a hare ... We also find cuckoos or storks: the generous chocolate donor can take other forms.