Its the Easter weekend, which also happens to coincide with the week of Passover this year. Both Festivals feature eggs in some way.
Chocolate eggs of all sorts are given to the kids for Easter – which is actually nothing to do with the message of Easter, but is a remnant of the pagan festivities around the Spring Solstice. They symbolise new life. I’ve no idea how they turned into chocolate eggs. I looked it up in Wikipedia, but this is all they say!
In 1873 J.S. Fry & Sons of England introduced the first chocolate Easter egg in Britain.
In Western cultures, the giving of chocolate eggs is now commonplace, with 80 million Easter eggs sold in the UK alone.
In some traditions, hard boiled eggs are served in a bowl of salt water at the beginning of the meal. The symbolism is also ‘new life’ but the salt water is added as a reminder of the tears of sorrow shed by the Hebrew Slaves in Egypt, before they escaped. Led by Moses, who brought the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai, they spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness of the desert, before they were deemed reborn and ‘given’ the area of land now called Israel.
I have kept chickens for many years. When I moved to the cottage after the landslip, one of the joys was to have more space to keep them, as I have a large garden here, in West Wales.
They live in the old garden shed I inherited, but during the day, they enjoy the luxury of being free range chickens, and are tidying up the garden for me, which as you can see, needs a lot of work! So far I haven’t had any foxes in, cross fingers!
I have a glut of eggs at the moment – my hens started laying a few weeks ago – and the yolks are bright yellow! The colour comes from eating the grass – which I haven’t needed to mow, so far! If anyone reading this lives around Lampeter, I’m selling the eggs for £2 a dozen, if you’d like to get in touch – smile – just leave me a message on the Contact Me page.