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Easter Eggs: History, Nutrition and Tradition

Easter eggsFolklore surrounding eggs is enjoyed by different cultures around the world. Often, eggs are a symbol of fertility as well as an icon of religious worship.
 
Of course, one common holiday association is the Easter Egg. Easter eggs have both biological and cultural roots. Prior to modern methods, hens laid few eggs during the winter. The advent of spring and the celebration of Easter both coincided with the hen’s renewed cycle of laying numerous eggs. Due to their scarcity, eggs were considered a food of luxury and therefore forbidden during Lent, leaving Christians to wait until Easter to enjoy them. The custom of painting eggshells has an extensive history and was a popular custom among many ancient civilizations including the
Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks and Persians.
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