It’s hard to imagine Easter without its colorful eggs. We love to boil them, dye them, hide them, hunt them, roll them, stuff them with candy and coins, break them, and eat them. But how much, really, do we know about why we do any of this? How does it help celebrate Easter, the highest and holiest of days?
Delightful Easter cookies with orange glaze
Like the symbol of the Easter Bunny, most of us assume that the eggs—though fun—are steeped in pagan, not Christian, history. While some of that is true (ancient cultures have been dyeing eggs since long before Christ), the Easter egg as we know it today is deeply connected and important to this season in the Church.
As you might know, eggs are symbolic: a chick (new life!) emerging from a tomb-like egg beautifully represents the resurrection of Christ. Early Christians are said to have dyed eggs red as a nod to the crucifixion.