Why are Easter eggs traditionally painted
In the celebration of Holy Sunday, according to tradition, it is customary to bake Easter cakes and decorate eggs. Where does the indicated ritual come from? For what purpose are Easter eggs always painted?
Let’s deal with this in the material below.
Why do they paint eggs for Easter?
It should be noted right away that there are many different theories here, but none of them has been documented. In any case, we will further explore all of them.
What is the symbol of Easter eggs in Christianity?
In the Christian religion, the Easter egg personifies the Holy Sepulcher, which hides the secret of eternal existence.
The Palestinians in ancient times used caves as crypts, the entrances to which were covered with stone. And if it was necessary to put the deceased, the stone was removed and then returned to its place.
According to an old legend, the stone with which they covered the Savior’s tomb was very similar in shape to an egg.
Everyone knows that an egg hides a new life under its shell. And based on this, it appears among Christians to remind about the Resurrection of Jesus, salvation and eternal existence.
And the red tint, which, as a rule, is decorated with eggs, is personified with the torments and the shed blood of the Savior.
The origins of the ritual decorating Easter eggs
Initially, this tradition is mentioned in the texts of the tenth century, found in the Greek monastery of St. Anastasia. The text tells about the fact that when the festive ministry ended, the priest began to distribute consecrated eggs, pronouncing: «Christ is Risen!».
As we mentioned earlier, there are various versions of the origin of the egg decoration ritual for Easter. At the same time, only Christian traditions are meant now, although there are also Slavic-Vedic traditions, which also cannot be discounted. We will talk about them a little further in the article.
In the meantime, we will deal with Christianity.
According to legend, the painted egg began to relate to the triumph of Easter after the miracle of Mary Magdalene. She is revered in Orthodoxy as the holy Equal-to-the-Apostle and the Myrrh bearer, telling about the wonderful resurrection of Christ in Rome, until the apostle Paul arrived there.
Mary Magdalene visited the Roman ruler Tiberius, giving him a religious sermon. Traditions of the time suggested offering gifts for the ruler, and Mary presented him an egg, saying the phrase: «Christ is Risen!». Tiberius, with skepticism, replied that, just as the egg has a white rather than a red hue, the dead cannot be resurrected.
And at the same moment the egg immediately acquired a red hue.
After reviewing the works of Pliny the Elder, we find in them mention of the fact that the Romans had taken the use of colored eggs, when there were games, various temple rituals with rituals. And the inhabitants of ancient Rome had a tradition to eat a baked egg before the start of the gala dinner — this symbolized a positive start to something new.
By deciphering Plutarch, it turns out that according to this ritual, the egg was associated with a daylight, able to revive and revive everything on our planet.
They also believe that the ritual of decorating eggs concerns the birth of the Roman ruler Mark Aurelius: on his birthday one of the hens that belonged to his mother, laid an egg with red marks. This sign has been interpreted in a positive context.
An interesting moment. Starting from two hundred and twenty fourth, the Romans came into vogue ritual to congratulate each other by sending colored eggs.
There is also a version that the tradition of Easter krashan décor is rooted in the Slavic world — in particular, to the pre-Christian greeting of spring.
The egg of a large number of nationalities personified the life-giving energy. The whole Universe was positioned as having arisen from an egg.
And the ancient Egyptians, Persians, Greeks and Romans were convinced that the egg represents birth and rebirth.
Features of the decor of Easter eggs in ancient times
The Russians had various methods by which they painted eggs for Easter. In particular, such methods were popular:
- Scenery of Easter eggs in one tone, without patterns. These eggs were called krashenok (or burrock). In most cases, in order to create small bees, they used only dyes of natural origin, the main of which was onion peel. With the help of the latter, it is really possible to obtain a saturated terracotta shade and various versions of yellow, and without any chemistry.
Getting other color versions is also realistic if you use special decoctions of plants and herbs.
- Easter eggs, the painting of which assumed a special ornament, were called pysankas. Eggs were decided to paint only raw, they were forbidden to use as food. And when the holiday of the Trinity came — the eggs should be blown out. A bird with wings, which were glued to the shell, was made from the painted eggs.
Today, in the process of dyeing eggs, special food colors are used, and special stickers are quite popular.
As a rule, representatives of the fair sex are engaged in painting eggs. Surprisingly, even the inhabitants of the Balkan Peninsula were engaged in coloring eggs and happily accepted them as a gift from representatives of the Christian religion.
According to tradition, the dye is painted on specifically chosen days of Holy Week. In the Russian Federation, this day is Maundy Thursday or Good Friday with Saturday, which is therefore called “Dyeing” or “Red”.
The custom of coloring and presenting Easter eggs is also relevant in Catholicism. And since there is a custom of storing painted Easter eggs until the next Easter, they were first made wooden, and later porcelain, silver, gold, or made from some precious material.
What does the color in which the egg is painted mean?
The color range of eggs is also important in this case:
- the red hue is associated with eternal life and the blood that was shed to save humanity;
- green — causes association with good health, the awakening of everything to life in the spring;
- brown — symbolizes fertile soil and well-being;
- yellow — is a solar shade, which corresponds with wealth, and is also able to save a person from the influence of unclean forces and various temptations;
- Orange — associated with a good mood, deliverance from despondency, which is a mortal sin;
- blue is a symbol of the heavens and the angelic monastery.
Easter holiday — was stolen from the pagans?
Historically, Easter is considered the property of Christians, because the Orthodox celebrate in it the miraculous return of Jesus from the dead kingdom. In the process of pre-holiday preparation, be sure to bake pasques with cakes, paint eggs, and also — they impose total cleanliness in their dwelling and watch the graves of deceased relatives.
Only one thing remains unclear: how do the listed rituals relate to the resurrection of the Savior, who was classified as God? And also — for what reason does the number of Jesus change every year?
I propose to delve into the interesting questions posed in order to understand where the ritual came from to celebrate Easter, and what kind of holiday it is.
Initially, you need to remember how it is customary among the Slavic nations to call Easter differently? For a long time, the Slavs have a custom to honor Velikodden (Great Day) — a popular variation of the name of Easter in the eastern and parts of the southern Slavic peoples.
In this celebration, people rejoiced at the arrival of spring. In those old times, the Great Night ended on Easter, stretching from the autumnal equinox, and the Great Day began, beginning with the spring equinox.
At the same time, great importance was attached to the motives of the resurrection of the Sun, as well as the revival and blooming of nature.
This is not surprising, since the pre-Christian agricultural calendars were guided precisely by solar rhythms, and the church calendar takes the moon as a landmark (for the uninformed, the cult of the moon is analogous to the worship of death).
When the Greek Church came to the Slavic lands (it belonged to the cult of Dionysius), its name was changed to Christianity in the 8th century AD, the calendars coincided, and as a result, two variations of celebrations appeared:
- 1st celebrated on the same dates (called stable or enduring celebrations);
- 2nd — annually fall on different dates (referred to as non-permanent or rolling holidays). These are all Jewish celebrations, because their calendar is focused on lunar cycles. This also includes the celebration of Easter.
Greatness in Russia also meant the triumph of the vernal equinox, when nature was renewed. At Easter, the organization of mass celebrations was adopted, during which singing, round dances and games, swings and other entertainment events were held.
The same was done on the feast of the Annunciation.
Among the Slavs, Great Day was a solemn event, symbolizing the restoration and rebirth of life. In front of him, according to tradition, new clothes were sewn for each member of the family, and everybody went to the bath without fail, where they washed themselves thoroughly.
And on the very day of the Great Day, a person should get rid of all bad, unclean intentions, completely forget all bad things, all offenses, not commit any transgressions, do not enter into intimate ties, because on that date they were considered sinful.
At the same time, Easter was the most significant spring celebration according to the month of the month, which was led by the peoples of the East and West. And the peoples of the South had an analogy to this celebration — it was St. George’s Day. At the Ludic Serbs, the name of the said celebration came from the word «morning» (jutry — Easter, jutrowny — Easter jutro — morning).
That is why the holiday was called Yuryev (that is, Utrov) of the day.
According to ancient traditions, it was customary to celebrate Easter for three days. But the Easter motif can be traced in the myths and rituals of all Light, as well as the previous Holy Week before her, when people began to prepare for the triumph.
The trend extends even to the next Fomin week.
On the dates of this solemn event, round dances were organized in order to provide energy assistance to the earth — to give it a charge of positive energy so that a good harvest would grow. In addition, Easter cakes traditionally were baked at the celebration of Fertility, symbolizing masculine power (therefore, it is not surprising why the cake was smeared with a white brush).
And the cottage cheese cake symbolizes the feminine one that starts.
The symbol of masculine energy and fertility among the Slavic peoples is called “Kol” (that is, “rod”), and the symbol of feminine energy is called “Stake” (or circle). As a result, in the celebration of Fertility food was given just such a shape.
And the combination of male and female energy was designated by the word «Bell».
It is noteworthy that in Germany and England at Easter (from the German Ostern, English Easter), the name of the Old German celebration dedicated to Ostara (the deity of the dawn and spring) goes over. Ostara in its description is very reminiscent of Vesta, and in fact it acts as her simply in another nation.
Vesta, we recall, is the goddess who brought the news about the coming of spring, and also brought a resurrection (that is, rising from long sleep in cold winter) sun on the east side.
Surely now you understand why in Germany and England they call Easter so strangely. And if you are a little more puzzled by this issue, you will understand that in reality there is nothing surprising if you are notified that all European languages originate from the Russian language!
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Easter is another type of modern Easter.
The celebration, called Easter, symbolizes the memory of the fifteen-year relocation of our distant ancestors from Daaria to Russenia. On the 16th summer, all our deities and the Priest of Our Savior were glorified by our forefathers for helping to escape from the Great Flooding.
The first Great Flooding on the lands of our ancestors happened when one of its moons, Lelia, was destroyed, on which the dark forces that had emerged from the Pekeln worlds, called Koscheyi, organized their base. Koshchei planned to invade our Earth (at that time called Midgard).
But the Light Deity Dazhdbog, the son of Perun, who descended from Ingard Earth, did not allow this attack: he struck at Lele due to which all dark forces were destroyed, but the satellite was destroyed. There were about fifty seas on Lele and it was located very close to the Earth, so a huge mass of water fell on our planet, along with fragments of a destroyed satellite.
The Great Flooding has come.
But our ancestors managed to escape from a terrible tragedy, because they were warned in advance by the Great Priest (Savior), who was aware of the coming battle of Heaven and flooding. Due to this, our ancestors managed to start moving to the continent Eurasia in advance.
In honor of the amazing salvation from the Great Flooding for the sixteenth summer, they invented to celebrate the celebration of Easter (translation from the Aryan runic writings reads “By the Way of Asa by this” means the road along which the deities walked.
During the celebration of Easter, the glory of the Heavenly Clan for salvation from destruction took place. And the ancient tradition of knocking painted boiled eggs about each other in this celebration is intended to remind us about the victory of Dazhbog over Koschey.
The broken egg is called “the Egg of the Koshchei”, it should remind about the destroyed moon Lelya, and the surviving egg is associated with the power of the Great Dazhdbog.
It becomes clear that in fact modern Easter is nothing more than a very modified version of the holiday, the true origins of which with a very high probability do not belong to Christianity …
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