The Easter Egg symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus Christ – a sign of his resurrection from the dead. Traditionally, an Easter Egg is a reminder of eternal life. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility that pre-dates Christianity. Decorated ostrich eggshells over 60,000 years old have been discovered in Africa and adorned the tombs of ancient Egyptians and Sumerians over 5,000 years ago. The Easter Egg Hunt is a popular tradition in some countries, with eggs hidden away (supposedly by the Easter Bunny) for children to find on Easter morning. The sheer variety of Easter eggs is mind-boggling – they come painted, printed and embroidered with signature types from France, Belarus, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Though chicken eggs were used traditionally, in modern times eggs of chocolate, jelly and marzipan are common, as are plastic eggs with jelly-bean fillings.
Take a look at these fascinating Easter Eggs from around the world.