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!
The May blossom is out in the garden – a branch had fallen, so added the flowers to my Easter decorations.
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.
Here is my little bit of decoration. Should you wish to purchase similar delights:
– the hens in the basket are from The Burford Garden Company
– the green basket & eggs, and rabbits are from The Eynsham Emporium
The polka dot, bunny, egg cosy was a present from Dr Bones, and I bought the eggs in the basket on the left from a Russian sailor when I was in Helsingør – so you’ll just have to covert them :-).