History Behind the Easter Egg

Easter egg - Bangor, ME

Easter eggs aren’t just colorful – they’re also rich with history!

Have you ever wondered why spring is synonymous with painted hard-boiled eggs? At Varney Buick GMC, we love to learn about the history of our traditions, so we’ve dug up a little history behind the Easter egg.

The egg symbolizes a lot of different things for different groups, like fertility or the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The history of the Easter egg actually begins thousands of years before Christianity, when Iranians and other cultures painted eggs to celebrate their New Year and the spring equinox. However, as the Easter egg became more prominent, it developed lots of symbolism significant in Christianity.

Catholic and Orthodox churches began painting eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ. The shell of the egg represented the tomb in which Jesus was buried, and cracking the shell of the hard-boiled egg represented His resurrection. This was also the first chance for many Christians to eat eggs after abstaining from them for Lent. The Easter tradition of egg rolling is even said to represent rolling away the stone from Jesus’ tomb.

This year when you paint your Easter eggs, think about what they represent to you and enjoy finding a deeper experience in this spring tradition.