First and foremost, Easter is originally a religious holiday. In this regard, we must distinguish Passover, the Jewish feast celebrating the flight of the Hebrew people from Egypt, from Easter, the Christian feast which commemorates the resurrection of Christ, and therefore the end of the 40 days of Lent.
Throughout time and history, the Easter bunny, bells and eggs have become unmissable symbols and an endless source of inspiration for our pastry chefs and chocolate makers. But where do these symbols come from? What are they talking about?
First let's start with the Easter eggs. Emblems of fertility and rebirth for the Persians, Gauls and Romans, they then became an integral part of Christian culture, particularly on Easter day, the end of Lent and the resurrection of Christ. Why ? Lent is a period of deprivation, in memory of the 40 days spent in the desert, without any living. The believers therefore accumulated their production of eggs laid by their hens and offered them on Easter Sunday. In the 13th century, they were also painted red to evoke the blood of Christ.
Moreover, during the Renaissance - a period of prosperity for art and culture, they were decorated with metals and precious stones and were at their peak particularly at the Russian Court with in particular the famous eggs of Peter Carl Fabergé.
Chocolate only appeared in the 19th century thanks to the development of the first silver molds and progress in the refining of cocoa.
Let's move on to deciphering easter bells, known to bring eggs to certain regions of France. It is often explained to children that church bells no longer ring on Thursday of Holy Week because they have left to be blessed in the Vatican by the Pope (while they are simply silent in mourning - death of Jesus Christ ) and "come back" on Sunday (ring again) by sowing Easter eggs.
As to Easter bunny or hare - its legend is especially present in the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic countries. Also emblems of fertility, they also represent the goddess giving her name to Easter; for the English "Easter" and the Germans "Ostern".
Although Easter is no longer equated with religion as much today, it is still a good opportunity to indulge yourself and satisfy your cravings for chocolate. Notice to future mothers and pregnant women chocovores!
Notice to future mothers and pregnant women chocovores, on the occasion of the Easter long weekend, treat yourself to the maternity and nursing lingerie you have always dreamed of!