Happy Easter: Decorate your own Easter Eggs!
Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day following his death on Good Friday. It is considered the most important Christian holiday as it commemorates the episode when Christ proves himself to be the true son of God. The holiday celebrates the spirit of revival and the awakening of life and occurs between the Spring months of March 21 and April 25th. This year it falls on March 27th.
Age old traditions featuring the famed Easter Bunny which brings Easter eggs to every doorstep on Sunday morning characterize the festival. The rabbit is the sacred animal of the Saxon Goddess of fertility and dawn, Eastre, who gives the festival its name. The eggs symbolize fertility and growth ushered by the season of Spring.
On the days leading up to Easter, hardboiled or hollow eggs are painted and decorated intricately. Chocolate, marshmallows and other delicacies are also shaped into eggs and sold as treats in bakeries. Various games like Easter egg hunts are organized for children that award the one who collects the most number of hidden Easter eggs.
Making an Easter Egg can be a lot of fun. But you don’t have to take our word for it, try making a beautiful batch of traditional hard boiled Easter Eggs by following these simple steps:
1. Put your eggs in a pot that is large enough to accommodate them in one layer and fill it with enough water to cover them with 1 inch of water.
2. Boil the eggs on a stove for 12 minutes.
3. After taking the pot off the stove, remove the eggs individually so as not to crack their shells and carefully put them in a bowl of ice cold water. Let them rest in the cold water for about 5 minutes.
4. Pour a teaspoon of distilled white vinegar in as many cups as the number of colours you would like to paint your Easter Egg with. Add different food colouring to each cup to make the egg dye. It is advisable to add a few drops of food colouring at a time so that you can check the shade of the dye.
Let your creativity with the colours loose on the blank white egg shells!