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Smart LivingHow Did Colorful Decorated Eggs Become a Symbol of Easter?

18:50  11 april  2019
18:50  11 april  2019 Source:   countryliving.com

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The decorated eggs were kept in homes, given to friends, or even buried in the fields. And even though most of us might not create the gorgeous and complex pysanky designs, many people dye at least a dozen or two for Easter (there are 230 million dozen eggs sold during the Easter season!).

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How Did Colorful Decorated Eggs Become a Symbol of Easter?© Andrea Anderegg / EyeEm - Getty Images Many early civilizations throughout Europe embraced the idea that eggs had life-giving associations in springtime. In Ukraine, people began the practice of “writing” the eggs, called pysanky (from the word pysaty, meaning “to write”). From there, the modern day decorated egg was born.

Even cold-weather, winter enthusiasts can't deny how intoxicating that annual, long-awaited first day of spring feels. Chirping birds! Blooming flowers! Picnic weather! Unsurprisingly, this same mentality has held true for thousands of years, dating all the way back to ancient cultures. After a long, cold season, early civilizations were similarly eager to start planting gardens and soaking up the sun's warmth. “In pre-Christian days, eggs were associated with many different springtime rites,” says Lubow Wolynetz, curator of folk art at the Ukrainian Museum in New York City and the Ukrainian Museum and Library in Stamford, CT. “In Ukraine, for example, people were an agricultural society. A late or cold spring had an impact on crops, so people attempted to harness the power of the sun to bring about the resurrection of nature.”

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The decorated eggs were kept in homes, given to friends, or even buried in the fields. It’s likely the idea was to connect to the “magic” of the egg to protect the family, banish evil, and insure spring’s return. “Isn’t it ironic that a pagan egg became a Christian symbol ?” says Wolynetz.

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How Did Colorful Decorated Eggs Become a Symbol of Easter?© azgek - Getty Images beautiful Easter egg Pysanka handmade - ukrainian traditional'n

And what reminds you of the sun? An egg with its bright yellow center and the life that springs from it, says Wolynetz. Many cultures throughout Europe embraced the idea that eggs had life-giving associations. In Ukraine, people began the practice of “writing” the eggs, called pysanky (from the word pysaty, meaning “to write”). They adorned them with symbols such as the sun, a triangle, or lines that encircle the egg.

The decorated eggs were kept in homes, given to friends, or even buried in the fields. It’s likely the idea was to connect to the “magic” of the egg to protect the family, banish evil, and insure spring’s return. When Christianity came to Ukraine in the 10th century, “The people melded old and new traditions,” says Wolynetz. “Pre-Christian rituals, such as egg writing, were not abolished and soon became associated with Easter, which also focuses on resurrection.”

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Easter eggs , also called Paschal eggs , are decorated eggs that are usually used as gifts on the occasion of Easter . As such, Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide

The Easter symbols , which are a blend of paganism, Christianity and Judaism, often used to Sadly, most people who decorate their homes with eggs , lilies, or palm branches do not know the meaning When Christianity spread out across the world, egg becomes a symbol of man’s rebirth rather than

Many families and cultures around the world still write pysanky (pysanka is the singular form, and it has similar names in other languages, such as pisankiin Polish). The technique has remained largely the same: Designs are applied using beeswax and a stylus, then dipped and sometimes dyed again. At first, the dyes were muted and reflected the colors of the sun, including yellow, orange and red. They were made from botanical substances such as beet juice or onion skins. Later, motifs evolved to reflect Christian symbols, such as a cross or fish. The colors became more vivid as chemical dyes were developed.

How Did Colorful Decorated Eggs Become a Symbol of Easter?© Sokolenko - Getty Images Traditional Easter celebratory table. Colored eggs and cake

Today, pysanky workshops are held across the U.S., and the decorated eggs still are displayed at home during the Easter season. And even though most of us might not create the gorgeous and complex pysanky designs, many people dye at least a dozen or two for Easter (there are 230 million dozen eggs sold during the Easter season!). “Isn’t it ironic that a pagan egg became a Christian symbol?” says Wolynetz.

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Another reason eggs became a symbol of Easter is that early on, Christians abstained from not only eating meat but also eliminated eggs during the Lenten season prior to Decorating small bare tree branches to be " Easter egg trees" has become a popular custom in the United States since the 1990s.

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