Why Eggs at Easter?
Here at Traidcraft, we consider ourselves quite the authority on Fairtrade chocolate – we are the pioneers of fair trade in the UK after all! Of course, this includes seasonal chocolate, which leads us nicely into one of our favourite subjects – Easter eggs!
Whether you’re a milk chocolate Easter egg lover, you prefer a vegan chocolate Easter egg, or opt for mini Easter eggs as your seasonal treat of choice, here we answer a few burning questions about the tradition and significance of eggs at Easter.
What is the Meaning of Eggs at Easter?
You may be thinking, why eggs at Easter? What do eggs represent at Easter? Here’s all you need to know.
Easter is an extremely important Christian festival, where Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible states that Christ died on the cross on Good Friday, then resurrected on Easter Sunday. The custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life; for Christians, the egg can be seen representing Jesus' resurrection, as when they are cracked open, they are a metaphor for Jesus’ empty tomb.
It is widely documented that during the medieval period, eating eggs was forbidden by church leaders during Lent (the 40 days before Easter). This meant that any eggs laid during this week were not able to be consumed, so they were saved and decorated, then subsequently given to children as gifts. Who remembers decorating eggs at Easter when they were younger? This is said to be where this Easter tradition started!
Having not eaten eggs for 40 days, finally being able to crack open an egg on Easter Sunday was seen as a special treat and wonderful occasion – especially for less wealthy people who could perhaps not afford alternatives such as meat to supplement their diet. Easter eggs being made from chocolate is more of a modern tradition.
Throughout history, people have gifted one another eggs at Easter, to celebrate new life and rebirth. Eggs were often given to the church on Good Friday, and the Victorians even took the tradition one step further, by gifting satin-covered cardboard eggs, filled with Easter gifts. According to English Heritage, many years ago there was a superstition that any eggs laid on Good Friday would turn into diamonds if they were kept for 100 years, and that if your egg had two yolks it was a sign you would soon become rich!
What Day Do You Give Easter Eggs?
With Easter falling on different days each year, anywhere between March 22nd and April 25th, it can be difficult to know what day to give Easter eggs.
The church tradition sees Easter eggs being given on Easter Sunday. However, others give Easter eggs any day from Maundy Thursday (the day before Good Friday) as this is the day Lent officially ends.
If you aren’t looking to gift a chocolate Easter egg this year, you can still become swept up in the Easter fun. Why not organize an Easter egg hunt, decorate your home in Easter decorations, or send loved ones a sustainable Easter card? The possibilities are endless! Whatever you do, have a wonderful Easter!
The Real Easter Egg
Traidcraft is delighted to be stocking the Real Easter Egg again this year – of over 80 million Easter eggs sold in the UK every year, this is the first to tell the real story of Easter. Complete with story/activity book, this is great for keeping little ones entertained throughout the Easter period, while teaching them about the true meaning of this special religious festival. Not only that, the Real Easter Egg chocolate is Fairtrade and utterly delicious – perfect for adults and children alike!
The Real Easter Eggs are available in milk, white and dark chocolate, as well as singles and cases of six.
Real Easter Egg Original – Milk Chocolate
The 2022 Real Easter Egg includes an Easter story/activity book with engaging illustrations and easy to understand biblical stories about Easter, as well as a mouth-watering, Fairtrade milk chocolate egg (500g).
Each nibble of milk chocolate contains 35% fair trade cocoa, is palm oil-free, and comes from cooperatives in Paraguay and Belize. Most of the cocoa is sourced from co-operatives in the Ivory Coast (Kuapa Kokoo Co-operative Cocoa Farmers and Marketing Union Limited Ghana), and the beans are sourced from co-operatives in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Panama and Ecuador. The chocolate for the eggs is then blended in the UK, moulded into eggs and foiled, then boxed in recyclable, plastic-free packaging ready to be purchased!
Real Easter Egg Dark Chocolate
The 2022 Real Easter Egg includes an Easter story/activity book, a Fairtrade dark chocolate egg (500g) made from deliciously dark, smooth, and fruity Belgian chocolate (150g) and three Fairtrade dark chocolate squares (3 x 5g). The chocolate is blended in Belgium.
As well as a tasty Easter egg, you will receive a booklet containing the story of the first Easter; the final week of Jesus' life and the events of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Vegan friendly. If you’re looking for more fair trade, vegan food products, have a look on our site for vegan chocolate, vegan store cupboard essentials and much more!