Have you ever wonder why eggs and chocolate are an Easter symbol? We all know the Easter bunny brings chocolate eggs but the story behind the tradition of Easter is quite interesting.
In legend, the creature brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter. The Easter Bunny will hide the baskets somewhere in the house or garden for the children to find when they wake up on Easter morning.
Bringing Easter eggs seems to have its origins in the Holy Roman Empire, where the practice was first recorded in the 1500s. The first edible Easter Eggs were made in Germany during the early 19th century and were mad of pastry and sugar.
In the United States, the Easter Bunny was introduced by German settlers in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 18th century. According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests in secluded areas of their homes. If the children had been good, colored eggs would appear in the nest on Easter morning.
Today, the tradition has changed as the nest has become a manufactured modern basket, and the placing of the nest in a secluded area has become the tradition of hiding baskets. But why do we get eggs on Easter? The egg is widely used as a symbol of the start of new life, just as new life emerges from an egg when the chick hatches out. The egg symbolizes the rebirth of the Earth in celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.
The oldest tradition was to paint chicken eggs but today chocolate eggs and bunnies are top selling items as well as plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans.
But chocolate doesn’t necessarily have be unhealthy. Many brands have been working on more natural forms of chocolate, preservative-free, with less sugar and healthier ingredients.
Lucky Vitamin offers a premium line of organic chocolates to make your Easter a healthy one.
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