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It’s Easter time!

Symbolism, traditions and one real star: the egg

by Luca Manzoni
April 5th, 2015

Eggs have always played a special role in past beliefs, ever since ancient times decorated eggs were customarily exchanged during the Spring Equinox.

The pagans used to celebrate the Feast of Ostara and the Goddess Eostre, whose symbols were the hare and eggs, which were adopted by Christianity for Easter to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.

In the Middle Ages, people began making artificial eggs covered in metals and precious stones, culminating in the legendary Fabergé Eggs created for the Russian imperial family in the late nineteenth century. This led to the customary chocolate eggs and the traditional games of Anglo-Saxon culture: Egg Rolling, with the most famous being the White House Easter Egg Rolling which takes place on Easter Monday at the White House.

Happy Easter!

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