Eggs are the quintessential food of Easter and have been for centuries. Eggs have traditionally been considered representative of rebirth and immortality. In addition, eating eggs during Lent was forbidden as part of early Christian practice. In order to prevent them from spoiling, it was common practice to cook them, usually by boiling or roasting. These cooked eggs were then eaten on Easter Sunday morning, one of the first foods enjoyed as the Lenten fast was broken. Eggshells have been decorated for millenia, so it is no surprise they were also decorated as part of many Easter celebrations. Early Christians in the Middle East stained their eggs red as a reminder of the blood shed by Christ on the cross. This practice first spread into Russia, before it was then adopted by Christians in most countries of Europe. When the practice spread, eggs were dyed in colors other than red, most often green and yellow. As the tradition grew, eggs might be dyed or painted in other colors, and decorated in a wide array of designs. In Britain, eggs were sometimes wrapped in onion skins before they were boiled, which gave them a mottled gold appearance. Bright colors became increasingly popular over the years, since Easter was almost certainly the most important celebration of the spring season. A few centuries later, in hopped the Easter Bunny.
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