Pyrgos House – Kythira Greece

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Rote Ostereier

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Easter eggs are given as gifts during the Easter celebrations. The oldest tradition is to dye them red as a symbol of fertility and rebirth. This practice is influenced by the early cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Crete.

Easter eggs coloured red also symbolize the blood of Christ, shed at the time of his crucifixion. The dyeing of Easter eggs in different colours is commonplace. Colour can be achieved through boiling the egg in natural substances such as onion peel, madder, beetroot often together vinegar. Egg tapping is a traditional game practiced in many countries, with slight differences.

In the Greek Orthodox tradition, people knock each other’s red eggs together whilst exchanging Easter greetings and the goal is to crack the opponent’s egg without cracking your own.

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