Who laid an Easter egg?
The holiday, most important for all Christians, - Easter comes. This year orthodox and Catholic Easter coincide and fall on April 8.
And what we, actually, know about Easter? For believers Easter is a holiday of revival of Christ, the beginning of new life. And the symbol of eternal life - colored eggs - is obligatory accessory of an easter table. Christians expanded ancient symbolics of egg, having emphasized in it an element of origin of future life and revival.
Colored eggs not only give to a holiday easter table, they can be given each other all Easter week. In many countries there are even easter games with eggs.
It is necessary to tell that the holiday of Easter in many countries is closely connected with a pre-Christian cult of the wakening nature. Also tell symbols of easter week about it.
However if you get to Germany for Easter, then besides the various painted eggs, hares will come across to you … everywhere.
With approach of Easter Germany is just flooded by hares - from chocolate and plush to air and huge. Business here in what. In the European tradition the easter hare symbolizes dawn and new life, is attribute of the goddess of the Moon with the hare head - Oestra or Eostra who named Easter - Easter. For this reason the easter hare symbolizes revival, revival as well as nascence of the new Moon.
The easter hare lays an Easter egg. Was considered that ordinary chicken cannot lay an Easter egg. Therefore in different regions of Germany there were the “ doublers “ brood hens: in Hesse eggs were laid by a fox, in Golstein and Saxony - a rooster, in Alsace - a stork, and in Switzerland - a cuckoo.
Children believed that hares hatch out multi-colored eggs for Easter and then hide them in a grass. Modern German children too willingly trust in an easter hare and look forward to him arrival.
Surprising people, these Germans! They even created the only museum of easter hares in the world. What there are only no hares here!
It and ancient figures of the 19th century, the hares executed in equipment to a papya - Masha, hares from porcelain, marzipan and chocolate hares, hares from wax, plush, in the form of boxes for sweets. Many hares are so similar to people! They are even dressed up in national German suits. Here it is possible to see whole “ hare families “: “ mother “ “ father “ “ children “ “ grandfather “ and “ grandmother “ - hares at school, at works in a garden and in a bakery.
And one more sign of Easter in Germany - a hare in an environment of the narcissuses called here in translation into Russian “ easter hand bell “. Decorate with garlands from narcissuses entrances to houses and shops, cafe and restaurants. It seems, air during a holiday is given to drink by light and sweetish aroma of these flowers which are together with easter hares a symbol of spring, pleasure and light.
Let and to you the easter animal will bring happiness basket!