Easter Decoration Large Eggs Made of Cotton Wool
The Egg and the Easter Celebrations.
Which came first: the rabbit or the egg? At Easter, we can make an unqualified case for the egg: Since the earliest beginnings of Christianity, the egg has been a symbol of fertility; it stands for new life and the resurrection of Christ. The Easter bunny, by contrast, had to prevail against illustrious competitors before it could establish itself as the exclusive egg supplier, depending on the region: the fox, the cuckoo and the stork – or even against the church bells flying home from Rome. Of course, not only the egg itself but also its colouring has a special significance. In the sphere of influence of the Orthodox Church, you found traditionally eggs dyed exclusively in red – in Christian symbolism, red stands for the blood of Christ. Over time and regionally differentiated, especially the Roman Catholic Church added other colours and significant meanings, for example, white symbolizing purity, yellow representing wisdom, and orange signifying endurance and strength.
Besides the festive-decorative purpose, there once was a thoroughly functional purpose that led to the dyeing of eggs (and, at the same time, to the tradition of hard-boiled Easter eggs): The peasants of the Middle Ages dyed their own eggs red to distinguish them from those they had to hand over to their landlord. What’s more, farmers preserved eggs by boiling them during the forty-day fasting period, when it was not allowed to eat eggs. Dyeing the different batches of eggs in one colour each helped colour-coding them before storing. The coding gave the farmers an overview of the growing supply of eggs and was an early form of best-before date. One could easily tell which batch of eggs comprised the oldest and was first in line for consumption.
This product is an example of genuine handicraft; therefore, minor deviations in size and colour may occur.
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