Easter eggs

Easter eggs are decorated eggs that are usually used as gifts on the occasion of Easter. As such, Easter eggs are common during the Easter season.

The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs wrapped in colored foil, or hand-carved wooden eggs.

Although eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth, in Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus, from which Jesus resurrected. In addition, one ancient tradition was the staining of Easter eggs with the colour red "in memory of the blood of Christ, shed as at that time of his crucifixion."

This custom of the Easter egg can be traced to early Christians of Mesopotamia, and from there it spread into Russia through the Orthodox Churches, and later into Europe through the Catholic and Protestant Churches.

You may see, choose and buy Easter eggs, turned and painted by craftsmasters of Russian crafts from different regions of the country, as well as neighboring regions, by browsing cards below.

Easter eggs

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