Frohe Ostern

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 100px; line-height: 90px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>From my home in Berlin this holiday season I want to wish you a Happy Easter – or as they say in Germany – ‘Frohe Ostern! While many countries have adopted German traditions such as the Easter bunny, Easter eggs and the Easter tree, these are all traditions that were born in Germany.

While the egg has long been a symbol of re-birth, I’ve always wondered how it became used as a symbol during Easter traditions. While this has something to do with both pagan rites and Christian traditions, I found a historical tidbit about the use of eggs in Germany during Lent and Easter quite interesting!

During the 40-day Lenten fast before Easter, many Christians abstain from eating certain foods and traditionally that included eggs. But the hens keep on laying those eggs – even if no one eats them! Some of those eggs were boiled to make Easter Eggs – often these were dyed red to represent drops of Christ’s blood as well as the regeneration of life, while others were decorated with intricate floral or geometric motifs. After the fast had been broken – a week before Easter on Palm Sunday – Catholics could again cook dishes using eggs. Those that were used for traditional Easter dishes were not cracked but rather emptied by blowing the contents into a bowl through pinholes at either end of the egg.

In many parts of Europe, Maundy Thursday (the day before Good Friday) is the traditional day for decorating Easter eggs. The hollow eggs are then decorated, a folk-art still practiced in many Eastern European countries today. These eggs are then hung on the “Osterbaum” – the Easter Tree – as well as outside of shrubs and bushes!

Hippity-hop hop, Hippity hop hop – Easter’s on its way!!

The Antiques Diva®
Photo Credit below: Angelica Arbula