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- The exact origin of the practice of coloring eggs
for the Easter holiday is unknown.
- Eggs, along with rabbits/hares and chicks have
been symbols of rebirth since pagan times.
- In the very early days of egg-coloring,
Christians typically dyed eggs all red in recognition of the blood of
- Even today, many Christians of the Eastern
Orthodox Church color their eggs all red. Some use green, in
honor of the new foliage for the season.
- One of the early coloring techniques for Easter
Eggs was boiling an egg with some flowers. The flowers, in turn,
would stain the eggs with pretty colors.
- German Protestants wanted to keep the custom of
eating colored Easter Eggs, but did not want to introduce their
children to the Catholic practice of fasting. Eggs were forbidden
to Catholics during the fast of Lent. This is why there was such
an abundance of eggs for Easter time.
- The idea of an egg-laying bunny came to the
United States in the 18th century and was brought over by German
- Germans in the Pennsylvania Dutch area told their
children about the "Osterhase". This has also been spelled as
"Oschter Haws". In either case it meant "Easter Hare", not
rabbit. The legend started basically as a play on the already
established story of Santa Claus, also heavily-developed by the
Germanic peoples of Europe.