Hello, hope you all had a lovely Easter and have enjoyed the break.
As a non-chocolate eater there was no danger of me over doing it on the chocolate front at this time of the year. I was given some gifts to help me with my watercolour painting, which was lovely. So much nicer than filling myself with chocolate 🙂
I have realised it’s been a few weeks since I last posted, oh dear! Time to put that right…
NB…I know Easter can sometimes fall in March but for the purposes of this blog it’s an April event 🙂
Easter Eggs, bunnies and other things
How did easter eggs and easter bunnies become part of the Easter celebrations? Eggs have great symbolism relating to new life, fertility and rebirth. In pre christian fertility lore Rabbits and Hares served as symbols of fertility during Spring.
Easter egg hunts, with trails left by the easter bunny, began as children believed rabbits and hares eggs were laid in grass. The easter bunny (which was originally a hare) is an Easter tradition which is thought to have originated from 16th century Germany.
Originally brightly decorated eggs were exchanged as romantic gifts, servants in mediaeval times were also given decorated eggs at easter time.
Some ideas for next year:
A lovely blog with several posts about decorated eggs, it includes some really beautiful pictures.
Some more decorated eggs…
Also, if you are looking for alternative easter gifts next year here is a great post I came across the other day..
One last link…these easter cupcakes are SO cute! My mum decided to make a version of them and they were extremely nice!
So, how many of you fell for an April fool this year? I prefer to take the stance of stubbornly refusing to believe ANYTHING I see or hear on 1st April, until it is safe to stop being cynical, hehe. I find it works very well. What is the best april fool you have ever seen or heard and did you believe it at the time?
April Fools (or All Fools Day) is thought to be linked to the change of calendar, from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, in 1582, although no-one is actually completely sure when it started and there are other theories.
For this post I am concentrating on the calendar change theory. The theory states that ancient cultures celebrated New Year around 1 April, also most of europe celebrated the ‘Feast of Annunciation’ around 20 March as the beginning of the new year. According to legend the new change in calendar wasn’t very popular and people refused to accept, continuing to celebrate New Year on 1 April. Those who refused to acknowledge the change were made fun of, some even sent them on ‘fools errands’ or tricked them in other ways.
Eventually the tricks and jokes became popular in europe and have continued ever since.