Spring is here, and Easter is coming, so I’ve decorated my Easter branches. Traditionally, the eggs would have been painted hard boiled eggs, to be shelled and eaten on Easter Day.
Like many traditions associated with Christian festivals, bunnies and eggs are ‘borrowings’ from earlier religions. The Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre was associated with the hare, and the Zorastrians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration which fell on the Spring equinox.
I’m just glad that we don’t have don’t have the Polish tradition of ‘Switch Day’. On Easter Monday boys whack (switch) girls with willow branches!
As it was such a lovely Spring day today, I decided to put up my Easter tree. The Osterstrauch is a German custom.
Traditionally, you would hang blown egg shells which you had painted. Perhaps I’ll have a go at baking some Easter bread – both the German and the Portuguese versions are delicious.