Of all the festivals and holidays in the world, my favorite is Easter. Some Easterare shared with other spring festivals of different cultures and . One of these traditions is egg . Eggs make us think of and new life. This makes them perfect for celebrating the birth and of living things after the dark, season of winter.
Maybe you have heard of the Easter tradition ofthe of boiled eggs in pretty colors. In Western countries, these dyed eggs are often placed in handbaskets paper to make them look like . Egg-shaped chocolates, jelly beans and brightly colored marshmallows shaped like baby and rabbits are often added to the baskets.
Easter egg hunts are popular activities on Easter mornings. Adults hide the colored eggs and candy in the garden or inside the house. Childrenthese as if they were hidden treasure and them in their baskets.
In my family, we oftenthe of the eggs before we decorate the shells. We make a small hole at the and a larger hole at the round end of each egg. Then we the small hole to push out the raw egg through the larger hole. The and can be used later in cooking. After and drying the eggshells, we decorate them with colorful images and words.
Easter does notthe same day or the same month each year. Sometimes it comes in March and sometimes it comes in April. But it is always on a Sunday. This year Easter falls on April 1.
The Friday before Easter is the day when Christiansthe arrest and of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday is the day that we celebrate his . So, for many Christians, eggs are also a symbol of Christ's empty .
I stopped making Easter eggs when my children grew up. But then Ithat my were known for creating marvelously on Easter eggs. They did it in a similar way as in Japanese roketsuzome, by using to patterns on the egg. A friend lent me the special tools that I needed, and I tried to learn the techniques for making the traditional patterns.
I don't think I will ever be able tomy ancestors' skills. But I am having a lot of fun exploring the world of Easter egg art.
Check out my Instagram (dosankodebbie) around Easter to see some of my decorated eggs. You might decide Easter egg decorating is something you want to.
The Japan Times ST: March 23, 2018