History of the Easter Egg

History of the Easter Egg

It’s Easter Sunday this weekend! Are you looking forward to your Moo Free Easter eggs? We certainly are.

This week we wanted to talk about the history of the Easter egg in honour of the festival. Bear in mind we can’t cover everything.

As you may or may not know the Easter egg has been around for a long time, the first chocolate Easter eggs showed up in Europe in the late 1800s with France and Germany being the leads in what would become a fruitful endeavour, some even came with toys packaged inside.

The tradition of decorating eggs (normal ones not chocolate) goes back to ancient times, depending on where you are from, the eggs have their own styles and colours. For example, in Greek culture eggs are commonly coloured in red/crimson colours, Christians also colour their eggs red to represent the blood of Christ. In Russia & Eastern Europe eggs are coloured silver or gold.

In ancient cultures and, to an extent, more modern religious cultures the egg has always represented a symbol of fertility, new beginnings and in the case of Christian beliefs resurrection, referring to Jesus’s rebirth. It is argued though that the tradition of Easter eggs initially came from Pagan beliefs which were later adapted to fit the story of Christ.

So why is a rabbit the image of Easter? Well there are several theories that might explain it so here’s a few we found.

First of all, as the egg represents fertility and new beginnings you could argue that because Rabbits are infamous for their high birth rates it would make sense to make the rabbit the poster boy of Easter even though they are mammals.

Another theory stems from a German fable where a bunny would deliver coloured eggs to children who had been good and had left out their Easter bonnets/caps out for the eggs.

Did you know that in certain countries the animal that represents Easter isn’t a Rabbit? In Switzerland the deliverer of Easter Eggs is a cuckoo and in parts of Germany the animal is a Fox.

Moo Free Easter eggs and all our products are free from dairy, gluten, lactose, wheat, casein and soya. We’re also vegan and vegetarian friendly.

We hope you enjoy your Easter eggs.