The Eggciting Tradition of the Easter Egg By: Bev Filer

Ostereierbaum Easter Egg Tree

Easter Egg Tree

Easter Sunday is March 31st this year, and there are special Easter Egg Hunts just minutes away from Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort.

  • March 23rd Easter Egg Hunt is from 11am–1pm in the Calabash Community Park.
  • Also, on March 23rd, at the Conway Recreation Complex in Conway, SC…There is an Easter egg Hunt with games inflatables, and arts and crafts.
  • On March 30 in McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive, North Myrtle Beach, SC, there are Easter Egg Hunts for age groups (Infant & Above) scheduled at 10 am.  Refreshments will be provided by the North Strand Optimist Club. Free event with the Easter Bunny making a special visit to hand out candy to all children who attend. Wear your “Easter Best” to have your picture made with Mr. Blossom! Contact Info: NMBP&R 843-280-5584
  • Also on March 30, at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, there is a Progressive Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast (9am – 11am) or Brunch (12:30 -2:30pm)…Pictures with the Easter Bunny. There are goody bags for all children attending. It is $12 per person and $6 for museum members. The museum is at N. King’s Highway, Myrtle Beach. Details          Reservations Call: 843-946-9469.

We enjoy the tradition of the Easter Egg, including the decorating. The history of this tradition is also very interesting. The tradition of the Easter egg originated among the Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained the eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at the crucifixion.  According to Encyclopedia, The Christian Church officially adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection, in A.D. 1610.  Pope Paul IV proclaimed the following prayer:

“Bless, O Lord!  We beseech thee, this thy creature of eggs, that it may become a wholesome sustenance to thy faithful servants, eating it in thankfulness to thee on account of the resurrection of the Lord.”

In Orthodox or Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed tomb of Christ – the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead. Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal Vigil (Holy Saturday), and distributed to the faithful.

Easter eggs are a widely popular symbol of “New Life” in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and other Central European countries’ “Folk Traditions”. A batik (wax resist) process is used to create intricate, brilliantly colored eggs, the best- known of which is  the Ukrainian pysanka and Polish pisanka. The celebrated Faberge workshops created exquisite jeweled Easter eggs for the Russian Imperial Court.

There are many other decorating techniques and numerous traditions of giving them as a token of friendship, love, and good wishes. I recall that while living in Amberg, Germany in the German state of Bavaria, I had a special visit from German friends. Hans and Rita owned a Gasthaus in Amberg, and we became good friends. They knocked on my door one day during the Easter season, and when I opened it, a tree branch with newly colored and decorated eggs hanging from it was extended to me. They were smiling as they offered me this gift they had created themselves, especially for me. I was touched and still have the beautifully decorated eggs that were a symbol of their love and friendship.  What a treasure! Memories are made of this!

Also in Germany there are Easter egg shows in various towns and cities that I loved to visit each year. The large one in Heidelberg and the smaller one at Veste Otzberg Castle near Darmstadt are two of my favorites!  What fun! There were eggs of all sizes with elaborate decorations of all kinds.  I even have a decorated wooden egg! Some large eggs had intricate scenes built inside of them.  I loved the care and creativity that went into designing these treasures! What a beautiful way to celebrate the Easter!

Wishing you “Frohe Ostern” is a “Happy Easter” greeting.  In Germany. Eggs decorate trees and bushes as Easter egg trees, and in several public areas as well as Osterbrunnen…which translates to Easter Fountain. 

There is an Easter egg tree in in Saalfeld, Thuringia in Germany that is an exceptional example of what an Easter egg tree can be over time. It is the Saalfelder Ostereierbaum, an apple tree in the garden of Volker Kraft.

This had been a childhood dream of Volker Kraft since he saw his first Easter “tree”, a lilac bush which he passed on his way to school in 1945. He began to decorate his own Osterbaum (Easter tree) in 1965 with only 18 colored plastic eggs. The Kraft family had about 350 pieces on their tree by 1994.  As the tree grew, they needed more eggs for decorating. They blew out almost all the eggs used in their household during the year and reused the decorated eggs each year. Volker’s wife, Christa Kraft, has developed as an artist with intricate decorating ideas, such as eggs glued artfully with sugar figures and pearls as well as drilled patterns. As children and grandchildren got involved, the Kraft family Easter Egg Tree now has an incredible 9,500 eggs hanging from its branches for all to enjoy! This Eater Egg Tree is definitely “All in the Family”, bringing the symbol of New Life to folks who come to visit from far and near. More about this “Ostereierbaum” delight Here.

As noted in Encyclopedia…There are also parallels (though not a direct connection) between the Easter egg tradition and the celebration of Passover in Judaism, notable because of Christian tradition. Christ was celebrating Passover with his disciples on the evening before Good Friday. An egg is one of the components of a traditional Seder plate, a traditional centerpiece of the Passover meal. The tradition of hiding Easter eggs for children is also similar to another Passover tradition, whereby the head of the household hides a piece of matza (the “afikomen) during the meal. After the meal, the children search the home for afikomen, and are rewarded once it is found.

So, the egg, also a symbol of fertility, is important to different religions and cultures around the world! If you are planning to follow the tradition of an Easter Egg Hunt or Easter Egg Roll…Or an Easter or Passover meal, enjoy this Holiday season! As it coincides with the beginning of spring, may it be a “Breath of Fresh Air” to you and yours!

Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort is wishing you all a Happy Easter …Passover, too! If you have any Easter egg stories to share, we would love to hear them.



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