I love Easter – and especially Easter eggs. The sinful chocolate ones, of course, which I mostly buy, but even more so the eggs that I blow and decorate myself. When you’re an interior design freak like me, it’s to be expected that you have several big boxes of Easter decorations for adorning your house at Easter.It’s a bit like decorating for Christmas, only this time I’m celebrating spring. The baubles are replaced with eggs in every size and material, and the spruce branches are now bulbous plants and green branches that blossom when taken into the warm indoors. I like to paint real chicken’s eggs or decorate flamingo eggs with paper, cut-outs and glue. I save my eggs from year to year and know that when I open my Easter box spring is finally here.
Easter has been celebrated with eggs for the past 100-150 years. Back then, they used chicken’s eggs boiled with different natural dyes – for example onion peel – and which were often decorated afterwards. The Easter egg tradition dates back to the time when we would fast before Easter. During Lent, you were not allowed to eat eggs, and when Lent was over, one way of celebrating Easter was to eat lots of beautifully decorated eggs. In Denmark, you give each other Easter eggs on Easter Sunday. Often, parents or grandparents give Easter eggs to the children, and sometimes they are hidden around the garden by the Easter Bunny for an Easter egg hunt.