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Easter – symbolism and celebrations!

Catholics observe Good Friday as a day of fasting. On the following Sunday, Jesus rose from the dead and this is known as resurrection which is celebrated as Easter Sunday. This is a day of feasting. A 40 day period just before Good Friday is Lent which is a time when the Christians remember the 40 days and nights Jesus spent alone in the desert without food but being tempted by the Devil. Jesus used this time to fast and pray for the good of mankind

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and lasts for six and a half weeks, where good Catholics are expected to give up or rather donate the luxuries of life, in memory of Jesus Crist. All of this pious fasting commemorated to Easter - the day of Resurrection!

The feast laid on Easter Sundays takes on multiple hues and tastes.  Easter eggs, Easter lamb, glazed ham and Easter cake or bread are typical Easter specialties. The most popular Easter bread is the hot cross bun which sends across a message with the pastry on the top of the buns symbolizing and reminds us of the Cross.

Easter Eggs

Egg, as most nutritionists will agree, is the nature’s perfect food. During Easter it is the universal symbol of Easter celebrations throughout the world. Hard boiled or sweet confectionery eggs are dyed, painted, adorned and embellished in celebration of its special symbolism. With the advent of Christianity the symbolism of the egg changed to represent, not just nature’s rebirth, but the rebirth of all humankind. Christians likened it to the tomb from which Christ rose. Ornamental egg designers believe in the symbolism of the egg and decorate it beautifully. Make a ton of shapes with fondant and use it to decorate the eggs. Maybe even have a competition amongst the kids!

Field day for kids!

Easter celebration for kids is fun not just with making, giving and receiving delicious chocolate, fondant and marzipan Easter eggs but also find little gifts and messages hidden inside them! The Easter egg hunt is another fun activity that your kids will definitely have a blast indulging in.

Want to make your own Easter Eggs? Here is the recipe

Also take a look at these 3 delicious savoury egg recipes perfect for Easter.

Caesar Devilled Eggs – This one is a twist on the classic devilled eggs – egg yolks mixed with all the ingredients of a Caesar salad dressing! Each bite is creamy with the slight spice hit – a sure shot hit at any Easter party!


Indian Style Scotch Eggs - A spicy mutton keema mixture shaped around boiled eggs, crumb coated and deep fried till crisp and golden brown – served with some fresh green chutney – perfect desi spin to scotch eggs.


Sunday Eggs – What better way to celebrate Easter Sunday than with this super simple and very delicious Sunday eggs recipe. Eggs mixed with your favourite ingredients and baked in muffin moulds. Here we used a mixture of cottage cheese and broccoli as the base, but you could easily replace it with anything you want – mushroom, mozzarella and maybe even some bacon! Did anybody say yumm!!?

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