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I recall from my childhood that a large part of Easter seemed to involve wearing odd hats with the rest of my friends, while standing meekly in school assembly halls, where our parents had gathered enthusiastically either to share the glory of their Easter bonnet prowess, or to embarrass their petulant children. I can also remember being bombarded with my own body weight in chocolate eggs, and given my tendency to eke out said chocolate, it would mean that I'd only just have finished the year's haul before Easter bore down on me once again, with its mad hats and health issues.

Eggs and rabbits have been associated with spring for a long time. The egg in particular has been a powerful symbol for many. Some creation myths describe how the world, or even the universe, were hatched from eggs. Easter is held to have roots in Pagan worship, where spring was celebrated each year for the renewal of life. Absorbing this traditional worship, probably both as a way to attract new followers and to prevent alienation, the Christian religion celebrated Easter as the time Jesus was resurrected, incoporating the idea of new life in this way.

A possible origin of decorated eggs at Easter in Christianity is attributed to early Christians who stained them red to represent Christ's blood shed during his crucifixion. They held significance both for their representation of new life and for celebrating the end of Lent. Decorating eggs has become a popular pastime over the years, ranging from the more tradiotnal (and sensible) painting of an egg to the extravagance of the Fabergé eggs crafted from fine metals and jewels.

The first chocolate Easter eggs were made in Europe in the early 19 th century by both the French and Germans. These early eggs were often solid, as the means to create hollow eggs had not been fully developed by this point- the process at that time involved laying by hand the chocolate into the mould, which was a time consuming endeavour. It wasn't until the development, later that century, of chocolate that would flow into a mould, that hollow eggs became the norm.

by Kafevend

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