The Easter Egg!
The tradition of dyeing eggs in the spring actually predates Christianity, although it is very heavily associated with the Christian holiday of Easter. Lots of families get together and dye beautiful hard boiled, yummy eggs! Ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians and Hindus all adapted the egg as a symbol of new life and rebirth in the spring. More than 2,500 years ago, Zoroastrians decorated eggs for their New Year celebration, called Nowrooz. During the Passover Seder, Jewish tradition holds that hard boiled eggs, called Beitzah, are dipped in salt water and eaten. A common game at Greek Easter is to crack eggs against each other and the person whose egg lasts the longest (by not cracking) is the winner and is assured good luck over the coming year. Ukrainian eggs are famous all over the world. The eggs called Pyysanka are brilliantly decorated and dyed from dried plants, roots, bark and berries. From Poland, Drapanka eggs are dyed shades of brown using onion skins and etched to cre-ate designs.
However you choose to decorate, they are a universal symbol of new life.
In today's Use Your Imagination, write a story about your family traditions!
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