The Easter Egg symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus Christ – a sign of his
resurrection from the dead. Traditionally, an Easter Egg is a reminder
of eternal life. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility that pre-dates
Christianity. Decorated ostrich eggshells over 60,000 years old have
been discovered in Africa and adorned the tombs of ancient Egyptians and
Sumerians over 5,000 years ago. The Easter Egg Hunt is a popular
tradition in some countries, with eggs hidden away (supposedly by the
Easter Bunny) for children to find on Easter morning. The sheer variety
of Easter eggs is mind-boggling – they come painted, printed and
embroidered with signature types from France, Belarus, Sweden and the
Czech Republic. Though chicken eggs were used traditionally, in modern
times eggs of chocolate, jelly and marzipan are common, as are plastic
eggs with jelly-bean fillings.
Take a look at these fascinating Easter Eggs from around the world.