History of Easter eggs from Mary Magdalene to the present day
Egg from primitive times was a symbol of life. Mysterious combination of such a simple form with the ability to hide under it the most complex processes associated with the formation of the organism, did not leave indifferent thinking people in all ages.
The history of Easter eggs began with a visitMary Magdalene of the Roman emperor Tiberius. Telling in the lands far away from Palestine about the miraculous resurrection of Christ, she and the apostles often faced disbelief. So it happened this time too. The emperor began to laugh at Mary and, amused, compared the miracle of the resurrection with such an impossible, from his point of view, fact, as an instant change in the color of the white egg donated by her to the red one. Tiberius did not have time to leave a cheerful smile, as the egg faded in his hands. Whether the Roman ruler of Mary believed it or accepted this miracle for some unknown trick, history is silent, people in general tend to distrust precisely when something real is happening. But for some reason we are willingly imbued with illusions.
This is how the story of Easter eggs began andthere arose the tradition of their donation for the feast of Holy Easter. At first they were painted exclusively in red, then the palette expanded, adding elegance and a general atmosphere of exultation to the entire festive table. In addition, each color is symbolic: green reflects Easter as a resurrection and the triumph of life, blue - aspiration skyward, yellow - the sunlight of faith.
There was a tradition to save the given symbolsthe whole year until the next Holy Sunday. But it was not easy to observe it - they are fragile and perishable. The history of Easter eggs was continued by wooden pysanka, artfully decorated with patterns and Christian symbols. Each such work of folk art argued with another in the beauty and skill of someone who, with God's help, worked on his creation. This gift could be stored for more than a year and admire it in those moments when I wanted to look at something beautiful.
Like every art, received furtherdevelopment and decoration of Easter symbols. The best jewelers, famous for their craftsmanship, took the cause. Easter eggs Faberge - a famous company, won fame thanks to the highest artistic merit of its products - have become a symbol of the era. Impeccable filigree, encrustation, enamel and diamonds combined with filigree mechanisms, filled with works of art. Each of the jeweler's masterpieces had its name and, besides the Easter semantic load, carried a subtext associated with memorable events and dates. The history of the Easter eggs of the late XIX and early XX centuries is firmly connected with the name of Carl Faberge, who performed the orders of the imperial house. Many of his works can be seen in the Hermitage collection and other world-class museums.
But not everyone is a great jeweler. And it does not matter. Decoration of eggs for Easter with their own hands helps pre-tune in for the upcoming holiday, its joyful and solemn atmosphere. In this business it is possible and necessary to show imagination, the good today is various labels and colors that facilitate work and give elegance to these indispensable attributes of the Great Day.
Christ is Risen!