Why are eggs painted on Easter?

Alexander Sizarov
Alexander Sizarov
January 11, 2013
Why are eggs painted on Easter?

For all Christian believers, Easter (as well as this holiday is called the Resurrection of Christ) is one of the most important holidays, the main holiday of the liturgical year.

In addition to its importance, Easter is also one of the oldest holidays in the world. Every year Easter is celebrated on a special day, which is calculated according to the solar-lunar calendar. Only the day of the week remains unchanged - Easter always falls on Sunday.

Obviously, such an important and deeply rooted holiday, cannot do without its symbols and traditions. Traditionally, Easter is used to bake cakes, cook Easter from curd and dye eggs.

Of the above, the most questions arise regarding painted eggs. So why paint eggs for Easter? On this account there are several versions.

  • The first version dates back to the childhood of Jesus Christ. According to some reports, coloring eggs was the favorite game of baby Jesus, which Mary invented.
  • According to another version, in those days, boiled eggs were stained to distinguish them from fresh eggs.
  • The third version of why eggs are painted for Easter is an extraordinary story. Mary Magdalene, learning that Jesus Christ had risen, decided to share this good news with the emperor Tiberius himself. In those days, the emperor was not very easy to get an appointment. And even more so without a gift. Therefore, as a gift, Maria took with her an ordinary chicken egg. The fact is that Mary Magdalene chose a chicken egg as a gift not from despair. The egg has always been a symbol of a new life, a symbol of the beginning. Mary Magdalene informed the emperor Tiberius that Jesus Christ was resurrected. The emperor did not believe Mary and said the following words: "It is also impossible, like this white egg, to turn into a red one." Immediately after his words, the egg turned red.

These are the versions that exist today, explaining a long and well-known tradition.