The symbolism of Easter eggs must be sought before the birth of Christ, in ancient times. The egg was given as a gift, being considered a symbol of balance, creation, fecundity, a symbol of life and renewal of nature, the custom of painting it being found in the Chinese two thousand years before Christ.
The custom of coloring eggs has been passed on to Christians and is still practiced especially among the peoples of Europe and Asia. Unlike other European countries, where the custom was restricted or red eggs disappeared, the Romans flourished, reaching the heights of art through technique, materials, symbolic motifs and perfection of achievement.
Folklore preserves several Christian legends that explain why Easter eggs turn red and why they have become a symbol of the feast of the Lord's Resurrection. One of them relates that the Mother of God, who had come to mourn her crucified son, placed the basket of eggs near the cross and they blushed from the blood dripping from Jesus' wounds. The Lord, seeing that the eggs had turned red, said to those present: "From now on you will also make red and variegated eggs in remembrance of my crucifixion, as I did today."
The red color with which Christians paint them at Easter, represents on the one hand the fire, with its purifying power, but also the blood of Jesus which was shed on the cross for the salvation of the world.
The clash of eggs signifies the sacrifice of the primordial divinity and is done according to precise rules: the older person (usually the man) collides the head of the egg with the head of the egg held in the partner's hand, while saying the well-known formula "Christ is risen", which is answered "He really sent."
Our peasants have the habit that, on the morning of Easter Sunday, they wash their face with new water or fresh water in which they lay a red egg, believing that this way they will be as beautiful and healthy as a red egg all year round. After eating the eggs, the red shells are kept to be plowed, plowing, believing that the soil will bear good fruit.
In our popular tradition, the red Easter egg would have miraculous powers, healing, removing evil, being a bearer of health, beauty, vigor and growth.
Colorful pasta salad
Who decided that in the school package of the little ones we can put only the same banal sandwich? Colorful pasta salad, our recipe today is perfect for the school package, especially for the lunch of children who stay in semi-boarding school!
The colorful pasta salad is very fragrant, because the pasta itself is fragrant: the green ones contain spinach, the red ones with tomato juice, the yellow ones are durum wheat pasta, with a specific, delicious aroma. In addition, we add ingredients that the little ones love (or, on this occasion, learn to love): sausages, cherry tomatoes, cheese.
Colorful pasta salad - Everything you need to know about the recipe:
- Boil the pasta, then rinse very well under running cold water. We do this only in the case of pasta salads. For the rest of the pasta recipes, the ones with sauce, we put the pasta in the sauce directly from the water in which they boiled, because the starch on the pasta helps the sauce to stick better.
- The secret of the colorful pasta salad recipe is the very rich dressing, based on parmesan, olive oil, apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar, a sweet vinegar.
- After adding the dressing, it is ideal to let the pasta salad cool for at least 2 hours, so that the flavors blend in and our salad is really wow!
The tricolor pasta are also part of the new collection of Stikeez figurines with food shapes, which you can now find in Lidl stores! Stikeez figurines help the little ones not only have fun, but also get acquainted with fruits, vegetables, nuts and ingredients that you can add to your recipes to make them healthier and tastier!
The Stikeez figurines that help us in today's recipe?
- Hetta - tricolor colored pasta
- Sally - the shy and joking sausage
- Chester - crazy and fun cheese
Colored pasta salad - ingredients for 4 servings
- 200g colored pasta
- 200g sausage Dwarf
- 150g cherry tomatoes
- 100g grated cheese Milbona
- 50ml Primadonna extra-virgin olive oil
- 15ml Camara Noastra wine vinegar
- 50g Grana Padano Lovilio
- a spoonful of honey Maribel
- salt pepper
Boil the colored pasta in 2 liters of water (1 liter of water for every 100g of pasta). Add the pasta only when the water boils and let them boil after the time indicated on the package. Rinse them very well under cold running water.
Cut the sausages into slices, cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. We prepare a dressing of olive oil, vinegar, honey, Grana Padano, salt and pepper to taste.
All we have to do is mix the pasta, sausages, tomatoes and grated cheese with the dressing. Refrigerate the colored pasta salad until ready to serve.
Why are Easter Eggs Dyed?
Easter eggs are eggs painted or decorated on Thursday or Saturday. They are not painted on Good Friday.
Christians paint Easter eggs red because it is said that when Jesus was rastinggnit, a basket of eggs was left at the base of the cross, which were stained with the Savior's blood. But the Easter egg has more meanings!
Why are Easter Eggs Dyed?
The egg has always been a symbol of rebirth and fertility. Of the rebirth we see everywhere around us in the spring.
In Christianity, the egg is the empty tomb of Jesus. Although the egg seems cold and lifeless, like a tombstone, life is born inside it. Therefore, the egg must remind believers that Jesus rose from the grave and that this will happen to all who believe in Him.
Numerous symbols are used in the traditional decoration of Easter eggs.
Red symbolizes the blood of the Savior. The intact eggshell is the tombstone, and the traditional breaking of this shell symbolizes the Resurrection.
Another theory says that the vivid colors in which eggs are painted, as well as the intricate patterns that are inlaid on the eggshell by true artists, are a celebration of spring, with its avalanche of life, energy and color.
It is said that Mary Magdalene went to the tomb on the third day after the crucifixion, carrying a basket of boiled eggs to distribute to the women she found there. When he reached the grave and found the tombstone moved, the eggs would have turned bright red.
It is also said that she, Mary Magdalene, also went to speak with the governor after the Resurrection of Jesus, and that she greeted him with the formula Christ rose! The governor's response, caught while eating, would have been "Jesus is not alive, just as that egg is not red," at which point the egg shown would have miraculously colored.
Whatever the explanation behind this tradition, it is obvious that Easter does not exist without colored eggs.
What did you tell your child about Easter eggs? What colors do you use? What is your family's habit of painting Easter eggs?
45 Unique ideas for decorating Easter eggs
Happy Easter to all those who celebrate today, but also to those who celebrate next week, I hope we all enjoy some quiet days with our loved ones! I thought it would be a good time to gather in an article some of the beautiful projects that I liked, as if now more than ever we need beautiful things in our lives. I hope to inspire you too, you will find some DIY projects with Shabby Chic or vintage accents, a lot of projects made with watercolors and pastel colors, a little gold here and there, quick projects made with markers and wreaths, how to naturally paint Easter eggs, but also many others. So, if you feel like trying a creative project these days, you can do it, alone or with the little ones. And if not, you can always save projects on Pinterest for the year! :)
Let's not forget to be grateful these days, it is important to be able to appreciate and try to see the light from all this rather dark period and not to let our fears take control! I keep my trust in God and I try to be grateful for ALL the things in my life, from this moment!
& # 8216There is a crack in everything, that's where the light comes in & # 8217. & # 8211 Leonard Cohen
I want to believe that everything that happens is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about who we really are, what are the important things in our lives and how to prioritize based on them. I agree with the current trend that says that our lives will not be the same, but if we keep our faith and positive attitude, maybe our lives will be BETTER!
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And for the happiness in their eyes, and for the joy in our souls we are able to carry the fun even further. So we will not have simple painted eggs, but the most spectacular painted eggs. Here are some ideas for inspiration if you're thinking of doing more than just putting eggs in the paint:
I'm really easy to do. It just means gradually adding more paint
You can easily buy chocolate eggs, but to have an egg that looks normal and when you bump into it you come across chocolate & # 8230 this is a surprise! It's not easy to do, but it's worth it.
Let's forget about the traditional method of having colored eggs and start painting. We also call the little ones next to us and we are ready for happy eggs.
Turn colorful eggs into a sensational setting
In a deeper tray or in a fruit bowl put two fingers of water, then place in the center a smaller bowl full of colored eggs. Surround the bowl with carnation flowers with a shortened stem so that it fits well in the water.
Flowers in eggshells
Boil the eggs and crack them in the sharper part so that you can remove the egg whites and yolks. Then fill them with soil and succulents and place them in an egg carton.
Jar with eggs
A glass jar full of colored eggs is an extremely elegant piece with a lighted candle and a bouquet of flowers.
Garland of eggs
In DIY stores and supermarkets you can find sets of polystyrene eggs colored in the same way. Join them together with a ribbon and in this way make a garland with which to decorate the railing of the stairs.
The common ceramic cups for boiled eggs will radically change their appearance if you place colored paper for muffins in them first. Decorate the eggs as cheerfully as possible and you will get interesting ornaments simply and quickly.
Use colored tape to decorate the eggs as in the picture above. Then place them in a large bowl, which you use as the centerpiece of the Easter table.
More sophisticated, however, is a bowl of glitter-colored eggs. In bookstores you can find glitter with glitter or glitter glue. All you have to do is paint different shapes in different colors on the eggshell and let it dry.
Through the florists you can find small plastic pots like the ones for snowdrops. Paint flowers on the white shell of the eggs or simply stick stickers with flower silhouettes and you will get very funny mini-pots.
Branches with eggs
Turn colored polystyrene eggs into globes for birch branches. Place the twigs in a bucket of water and garnish them with eggs and bird silhouettes.
Naturally painted Easter eggs
Of all the Easter dishes, red eggs seem to me the most traditional and indispensable on the table. We need to have a red egg on Easter morning to collide with, right? That's why I wanted to try to dye the eggs naturally as they once did: in onion leaves and with nylon stockings. Besides the fact that I find it very funny and ingenious, I welcome this method also invented by women, I think, which shows once again how creative we can be.
So, I gathered the ingredients from the egg dye kit, namely: 6 eggs, 3 pairs of nylon socks, green leaves and twine. I colored it with onion and beet leaves. I made a smaller amount at first to experiment and because I had nothing to do with so many boiled eggs before Easter. I'll eat enough then, anyway. What I noticed from the experiment is that it best colored beets, spirit, and the white onion leaves are a bit pale. I didn't have more red onion leaves and that's why the water didn't color more either.
The balance: out of 6 eggs, 3 did not color well, 1 cracked and 3 came out super. Not bad for a start. What else you can use to paint eggs is turmeric, which gives a super yellow color, red cabbage which gives a blue color (that's great!), Coffee, spinach, blueberries and even paprika. Interesting, isn't it?
3 pairs of nylon socks
1 medium beet
many sheets of white and red onions
leaves of parsley, dill, larch
Preparation time: 25 minutes
First we wash the eggs with water and a little vinegar. It also helps to fix the color, so it can be poured into the water in which the eggs boil. But we don't put a lot on it because it thins their skin. We choose some more beautiful green leaves that we put over the egg and then we wrap it carefully in a nylon sock. It is good to be short, for example a sock, which we fasten very tightly and to tie it with a piece of string at the end. That's what we do with all eggs. Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil. In a saucepan we have onion leaves and in the other pieces of beets. Once the water starts to boil, add the eggs and cook for 15 minutes. We take them out and take off their socks and greens while they are warm because they are easier to remove. Wipe with a napkin and leave to cool. Here are the eggs! They are naturally colored and have a beautiful pattern, inspired by nature.
Natural colors for Easter eggs
For each color you want to get, strictly follow the steps described above.
The quantities of ingredients below are recommended for two cups of water. Don't be surprised if naturally painted eggs have different shades.
The shade may differ from ingredient to ingredient, depending on the cooking time of the dye or other factors.
Here are the colors you can get for painting Easter eggs using only natural ingredients:
- Dark red - You need the peels of 6 red onions
- Roz - you need 2 cups of chopped fresh beets
- Orange - you need the peels of 7 yellow onions
- Yellow - you need 3 tablespoons of turmeric powder
- Brick Pink - you need 3 tablespoons of paprika
- Blue - you need 2 cups of chopped red cabbage
- Turquoise green - combine the yellow dye obtained from turmenic with the blue dye obtained from red cabbage
- Sea - soak eggs in a cup of hard coffee
When I was a child, painting Easter eggs was the greatest joy before Easter. I loved helping my grandmother. It was the main activity of the day.
Turn egg painting into a fantastic way to enjoy with your child. He will surely be attracted by the way he will create his own natural dyes from fruits and vegetables.
Let him combine foods, experiment and create new shades. Enter his game and let your imagination run wild!
Here's what you need to paint eggs with rice grains
1. Plastic containers with lids, one for each color you want to get (you can use old yogurt glasses)
2. Ordinary egg paint (ideally as pigmented as possible, for best results)
3. Rice & # 8211 about 3-4 tablespoons of rice for each color.
Degrease and boil salted eggs, as you normally would. After boiling, remove the eggs and let them cool until you can handle them without burning. Put 3-4 tablespoons of rice in each container, then add a few drops of paint. You don't have to add a lot of paint, just a few drops, so that the rice absorbs the dye completely.
Put the egg in the container, put the lid on and gently shake the glass until the egg has been turned on all sides and is evenly colored. Remove the egg thus painted, let it dry and cool completely and take care of the other colors in the meantime. If you prefer glossy colors, grease eggs with a little oil or animal fat after they have dried completely.
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