First of all, Easter is originally a religious holiday. In this respect, it is necessary to distinguish Passover, Jewish celebration celebrating the flight of the Hebrew people of Egypt, from Easter, the Christian feast which commemorates the resurrection of Christ, therefore the end of the 40 days of Lent.
Through time and history, Easter rabbit, or even bells or eggs have become inferable symbols and an infinite source of inspiration for our pastry chefs and chocolate makers. But where do these symbols come from? What do they say?
First let's start with Easter eggs. Emblems of fertility and the Renaissance for the Persians, the Gauls and the Romans they then was an integral part of the Christian culture, particularly the day of Easter, end of Lent and the resurrection of Christ. For what ? Lent is a period of deprivation, in memory at 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 painted in red to evoke the blood of Christ.
Moreover, during the Renaissance - a period of prosperity of art and culture, they were decorated with metals and precious stones and know their peak particularly at the court of Russia with in particular the famous eggs of Peter Carl Fabergé.
Chocolate appeared that in the 19th century thanks to the development of the first silver mussels and the progress of cocoa refining.
Let's go to decryption of Easter bells, known to bring eggs to certain regions of France. It is often explained to the children that the bells of the churches no longer sound on Thursday of the Holy week because they left to be blessed to the Vatican by the Pope (while they are simply silent as mourning - Death of Jesus Christ ) and "come back" on Sunday (sound again) by sowing Easter eggs.
As to Easter rabbit or hare -His legend is especially present in 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".
If today the Easter feast is no longer as much assimilated to religion, it remains a good opportunity to have fun and satisfy its desires for chocolate. Opinion at Future mothers And pregnant women Chocovores!
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