Easter is the time to celebrate new beginnings, the renewal of spirit and for the Easter bunny and Easter eggs to make an appearance. The festival of Easter is celebrated to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after crucifixion and is one of the holiest Christian festivals. The Easter Day also traditionally heralds the advent of the spring season after the gloomy months of winter. As such Easter festival is associated with joyous merriment and gaiety.
Origin of Easter
Like many other Christian festivals, Easter has also emerged from ancient pagan roots. It is an amalgamation of a myriad of Pagan, Hebrew and Christian traditions. Easter incorporates pagan symbols of fertility in the shape of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs. The name of the festival, Easter, itself may be an offshoot of Eostre, the pagan Goddess of spring.
Easter celebrations across the world
Dyed eggs were shared and eaten at spring festivals in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia and China. Gradually these traditions made their way westward and were expressed in various forms – from dyed goose eggs to beautifully decorated paper mâché eggs in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the late 19th and early 20th century the ultimate Easter eggs – the Fabergé eggs made their royal appearance.
Easter celebration has always been synonymous with merry-making and enjoyment. Because of this aspect, the recent years have witnessed increasing commercialization of the Christian Easter festival. Today during Easter holidays, sale of greeting cards and confectionery such as chocolate Easter eggs, marshmallow bunnies, Peeps, and jelly beans prove to be big hits.
The Origin of Chocolate Easter Eggs
Chocolate Easter eggs come from Europe. Today’s tradition of giving chocolate Easter eggs as gifts can be traced back to 19th century France and Germany. The first eggs were small and solid and made of bitter dark chocolate. As technology improved and cocoa became more widely available, so did chocolate Easter eggs. The tradition spread other parts of the world, often with each country making their own unique mark.
The first mass-produced chocolate egg appeared in England in 1873 when Cadbury debuted their first Easter egg. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that milk chocolate Easter eggs became available. Today’s Easter eggs are available in dizzying variety – from those found on supermarket shelves to the top quality uber-thick chocolate works of art, beautifully decorated and filled with chocolate surprises from specialty chocolatiers.
Sending Easter wishes
People the world over celebrate the true spirit of Easter Sunday by sending enticing Easter gifts, enchanting ensembles and delectable chocolates to near and dear ones. There are plenty of options to choose from as gifts are specially crafted keeping in mind this spirited holiday. So this Easter Sunday, don’t miss out on sending your loved ones Easter gifts, Easter flowers, Easter Hampers or delectable Easter chocolate eggs.
Easter Sunday will be celebrated on 31st March, 2013 and next year it will be celebrated on Sunday, 20th April 2014.
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