Easter Traditions – On Easter Sunday, many Scottish families participate in an egg rolling contest. After they have boiled, painted and decorated their eggs, the eggs are taken to a park or grassy area where they are rolled down a hill. The person whose egg rolls the farthest distance without breaking is the winner of the contest.

The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection.

The custom of the Easter egg hunt, however comes from Germany. Some suggest that its origins date back to the 16th Century, when Protestant reformer Martin Luther organised egg hunts for his congregation.

The men would hide the eggs for the women and children to find. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th Century, according to some sources.

A lot of us may enjoy Chocolate eggs at Easter, but originally eating eggs was not allowed by church leaders during the week leading up to Easter, known as Holy Week.

So any eggs laid that week were saved and decorated to make Holy Week eggs, that were then given to children as gifts.

Victorians adapted the tradition with satin – covered eggs filled with Easter gifts. This has now developed into the tradition that many people enjoy today.

Faberge Eggs – What’s so special about Faberge eggs ?

They were handcrafted using gold, diamonds and semi- precious stones like emeralds and pearls. Each one-of-a-kind designs featured pigmented layers of glass enamel, gold leaf and laced metalwork.

Faberge range in size, from three to five inches tall, and took one to two years to complete.

For over a century, the name Faberge has evoked wealth , opulence and the world’s most extravagant Easter eggs. The small, intricately decorated objets d’art – which Russia’s royal House of Romanov commissioned from the jeweller and goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge are still today , some of the most exquisite decorative works ever created.

The Imperial Eggs, as they came to be called, were first designed as Easter gifts in the mid- 1880s ……..

Peter Carl Faberge 1846 – 1920

To our friends near and far, if you, like me haven’t got the pleasure of owning a Faberge Egg – have a Happy Easter whatever you are doing…….. and hopefully we shall meet up soon.

March 2021