Inspired Easter Eggs From Around the World
Easter eggs are the perfect symbol of spring – representing the regenerative forces of nature and rebirth. While an integral part of Christian traditions, the practice of decorating eggshells is ancient and predates many those Easter traditions.
Decorated ostrich eggs, and representations of ostrich eggs adorned in gold and silver were commonly placed in graves of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians as early as 5,000 years ago.
With the tools in your Easter Tinselbox – you can be sure to create some amazing eggs. We loved making Black and Gold eggs – inspired by the Ostrich eggs from Egypt.
But, the art of decorating or dying eggs can be found in many cultures across the globe. Here is a selection of a few countries and their style of Easter eggs.
In Egypt, they celebrate Sham el-Nessim, a national holiday marking the beginning of spring. It always falls on the day after the Eastern Christian Easter – the festival is not religious and is celebrated by all Egyptians regardless of their faith. On that Monday, people tend to color boiled eggs first thing in the morning before going on picnics in any space of green, public gardens, on the Nile, or at the zoo.
The Polish have kraszanki (sometimes called malowanki or byczki). They are made by boiling an egg in a decoration of plants or other natural products. The color of kraszanka depends on the kind of product used.
- brown: onion peels;
- black: oak or alder bark or the nutshell of walnut;
- golden: the bark of young apple tree or the marigold flower;
- violet: petals of the mallow flower;
- green: shoots of young rye or leaves of periwinkle;
- pink: the juice of beet.
Get the full instructions for naturally dyed Easter eggs (pictured above).
We tried out this idea and added some touches with Egg Coloring Kit in your Tinselbox – check it out.
In Mexico, they make Cascarón’s – Confetti eggs, hollowed-out chicken eggs filled with confetti or small toys. The custom was brought to Mexico in the mid-1800s by Emperor Maximilian’s wife. Decorated, confetti-filled cascarones may be thrown or crushed over the recipient’s head to shower him or her with confetti.
This sounded too fun – we had to try. Believe it our not – these are quite easy to make. Check out our veggie spin on this festive eggs
We hope that your Easter Eggs are truly inspired this year. Please share photos on Instagram with the hashtag #tinselbox.