A Very Depew Guide to Easter and Spring
BY: Ann Marie Trietley | March 28, 2012
While this springtime weather has been more mercurial than a Shakespearian tragedy, one aspect remains dependable – Easter, and a basket full of events going on in Depew. Whether you are hunting for eggs in the yard or just gumming down jellybeans, there’s no reason not to enjoy this season, the time for rebirth.
The Depew Recreation Department will host an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 in Fireman’s Park, located at Gould and Terrace. The egg hunt is free and will be separated into four age groups: 5 and under, 6 to 7, 8 to 10 and 11 to 12.
“I just brought it back,” said Depew’s recreation director Teresa Fusani. “I want to involve the community in more things. I’m hoping for at least 100 kids, or more.”
Perhaps you are curious as to where the tradition of hunting down eggs stems from? The oldest tradition concerning eggs was to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, which were eventually substituted with chocolate eggs, candy eggs, or those winsome neon plastic eggs nestled in a bed of plastic grass. Eggs have been a symbol of new life and birth since 2,500 years ago, when the Zoroastrians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Years celebration on the Spring Equinox.
The sculptures depicted on the ancient walls of Persepolis show people carrying eggs to their king. As far as Eastern Christianity is concerning, Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with other women at the tomb of Jesus.
As far as hand-decorated eggs, many cultures have gotten more in-depth and detailed than the Paz dissolving tabs that smell of vinegar. Those egg-dyeing kits are quite handy, but many traditions go all out and devote much of their time to decorate their eggs. Easter eggs are a big deal in countries like Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine, where an intricate and wax-based process is used.
Workshops created jeweled eggs for the Russian Imperial Court, and they contained miniature treasures like ships and birds. In some parts of the United Kingdom, such as Scotland, there is a tradition of rolling eggs down a steep hill on Easter Sunday. This practice has been re-imaged as an event called the “Easter egg roll,” which takes place on the White House lawn. Now, the Easter egg hunt is a very festive and family-friendly event.
And that Easter Bunny were see perched on a throne in the mall, said to leave children a basket full of goodies? He (or she) was once referred to as the Easter Hare, a rabbit-spirit from long ago. The custom of an Easter egg hunt came about because it was believed hares laid eggs in the grass. Christians believe eggs to be the seed of life, and embody the resurrected spirit of Jesus. People of medieval Europe, Greece, Egypt, Rome and Persia all enjoyed dyeing eggs for their spring gatherings , so it’s no wonder we still bestow beautifully-colored eggs today as gifts.
No matter if you are feverishly hunting down eggs or coloring them from the comforts of your kitchen, now that you know some history behind Easter, it may be even more blissful and sweet. The which came first, the chicken or the egg, question will just have to be saved for another day.