Easter commemorates Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, so it’s odd that the holiday has become synonymous with bunnies and chocolate eggs. Here’s why mocking chocolate eggs has become such a big tradition
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Easter is one of the loveliest times of the year for chocolate lovers.
Almost immediately after the New Year celebrations, shops are filled with Easter eggs and chocolates in preparation for spring break.
Although chocolate appears to have nothing to do with the Christian faith and the Bible story of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, the tradition is tied to Lent.
Maundy Thursday – April 14, 2022 – marks the end of this 40-day period of abstaining from any guilty pleasure, be it smoking, alcohol, or mocking chocolate.
Why do we eat chocolate eggs at Easter?
The reason we eat chocolate eggs at Easter has everything to do with Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Maundy Thursday.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and begins a period of reflection and introspection as participants give up a vice, luxury, or guilty pleasure.
A popular choice is chocolate, especially among participating children.
When Lent ends on Maundy Thursday, Christians who practice Lent can finally reach for chocolate again.
The eggs are also very symbolic for Christians as they represent life and rebirth, which is directly related to the story of Jesus on the cross.
The first chocolate Easter egg was made by Fry’s in 1873, and Cadbury’s quickly took the market by 1875 with their dark chocolate version. In 1897, the company introduced its now-famous recipe for Dairy Milk Chocolate, and today, most Easter eggs around the world are made from milk chocolate.
Why are eggs a symbol of Easter?
Traditionally a part of pagan festivals, eggs were given as gifts symbolizing fertility and spring long before the arrival of Christianity.
Christians first adopted the symbol of the egg as it represents new life and the beginning of the season.
Since Easter celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, a chick emerging from its egg has certain symbolic parallels – the hard shell of the egg could represent Jesus’ tomb and the chick the emerging Messiah.
There’s also a more practical reason for choosing eggs.
In the Middle Ages, Christians abstaining during Lent were forbidden to eat eggs.
Instead of wasting them, they would hard boil them to protect them over the next 40 days.
Then they decorated and painted the eggs in preparation for Easter Sunday.
Why do we celebrate Easter?
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The origins of Easter have everything to do with one of the most important events in the Bible.
As described in the Gospel of John and other books of the Bible, Jesus Christ was betrayed by Judas and handed over to the Romans.
As Christians believe, he was then crucified on the cross today, Good Friday.
Although he died on the cross, he overcame death itself and was resurrected on Easter Sunday.
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