Rabbits soft and cuddly, baby chickens, too. Easter eggs for baskets, white and pink and blue. Easter cards of greeting, Music in the air, Lilies just to tell us – it’s Easter everywhere.
The first Easter baskets were made to look like bird’s nests.
The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pisanka.
The egg has always been a symbol of the Resurrection to Christians.
The custom of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life.
By tradition, it was obligatory (or at least lucky) for churchgoers to wear some bright new piece of clothing – at least an Easter bonnet, if not a complete new outfit.
In medieval times a festival of egg throwing was held in church, during which the priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choirboys. It was then tossed from one choirboy to the next and whoever held the egg when the clock struck 12 was the winner and retained the egg.
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