Why Are Eggs a Part of Easter?

The history of Easter eggs

 Dyeing eggs dates back thousands of years before the rise of Christianity, but why are they a part of the holy holiday? Let's unveil the colorful history of Easter eggs.

The history of Easter eggs

The tradition of dyeing eggs can be traced back thousands of years to pre-Christian festivals. On this Easter Sunday, let's look at how the custom evolved.

3000 B.C. – Sun worship & eggs

Pagans believed that birds were blessed because they could get closest to the sun god; man couldn't catch the birds, only their eggs, which became powerful symbols.
Sun worshippers in the region now known as Ukraine created intricately decorated eggs covered with nature symbols; they called the craft pysanky and used the eggs in springtime religious ceremonies.

988 A.D. – Eggs & Christianity

 Ukrainians adopted Christianity, and decorated eggs took on new meaning; the eggs were used to symbolize the rebirth of Christ, incorporating into traditional pysanky designs.

1200 - The first Easter eggs

Christian holy days became more popular as Christianity . Christians in Mesopotamia  exchanged colored eggs during their Easter celebrations; these were the first Easter eggs.

1290 – Easter in the High Middle Ages

How you decorated your eggs depended on your social position.
Edward I of England (known for ordering the execution of a Scottish hero) ordered 450 very extravagant Easter eggs, which were exchanged by members of the royal household.
Peasants wrapped their Easter eggs with ferns and flowers and then boiled them, imprinting the patterns on the shell.

The history of Easter eggs

Chocolate eggs began to gain popularity, and a British candy company  became a major producer; new styles, designs and fillings were introduced over the years.
A New Jersey druggist, who had become well known for his powdered-egg dye formula, founded Townley's Easter Egg Dye. He soon changed the name to PAAS (what's the origin of that name?).
In Russia, a famous jeweler created an incredibly elaborate bejeweled Easter egg that was given by the czar to his wife. She was so delighted by it that the House of Fabergé went on to design 50 more (take a look).