I will never forget the Easter mornings of my childhood. I am overwhelmed with so much love, warmth, and gratitude that I have had and experienced. Customs, tradition, and of course, coloring eggs as the greatest Easter joy. I didn’t know whether to paint eggs with my mom or grandma, so I maneuvered around to somehow get on both sides. Coloring Eggs As The Greatest Easter Joy
And then on Easter… Awakening, congratulating and tapping the eggs with my beloved ones, quickly getting ready, getting excited and going to my grandparents’ to congratulate them on Easter. We played Easter games of searching, guessing, grandfather would talk about his life, childhood, war… Grandma pretends like she knows nothing about it, and then when we go home for each of our grandchildren, bags of gifts would be ready. And inside there would be eggs, candy, sweets, sometimes a little toy…
God, thank you for these memories, I wouldn’t trade that fortune for anything in the world. Because when you can see the difference between what you need and what you want, then you have learned a lot. Thanks to my ancestors for everything, even though they didn’t have much in life. I thank them for teaching me the most important lessons a long time ago, because if they weren’t, no matter what I would have gained and had in my life, I would be no one without them. We had our own Easter customs. They were only ours. And I don’t think the customs themselves are that much important, but with whom they are spent and in what way…
Coloring Eggs As A Common Thing of Easter
Throughout Christianity, Easter is celebrated in various ways. In the true sea of customs, very often of contrary traditions, there is, however, one thing that’s common everywhere – coloring Easter eggs. Easter eggs are a symbol of fertility and the birth of new life. It’s hard to believe in how many ways Easter eggs can be colored. And the greetings for Easter are different, from those to whom you simply wish the best, happiness, peace, prosperity and every good thing, to those practiced in the countries of the East, where Easter is congratulated with “Christ is Resurrected” and “Christ truly is Resurrected”.
In many countries, the custom of Easter morning is eggs tapping from a decorated Easter basket with painted eggs. And the winner is the one whose egg stays whole. This is especially interesting for children, who always want their eggs to be the strongest. Eggs are the first thing people eat eat on Easter. Only later we eat the rest of the prepared food. Easter eggs are usually painted on Good Friday, sometimes on Good Saturday.
Easter is celebrated in many ways, by participating in processions, going to mass, gathering around a festive table, enjoying the finest meals. With colorful eggs, chocolate and other bunnies, chicken, chicks, flowers, decorations, colors, children enjoy the most… However we celebrate this great holiday, we must not forget what binds us, and that is the risen Jesus who brings us peace and joy of life.
Coloring Eggs In Onion Shell (And Other Natural Colors)
The healthiest technique for coloring eggs is in onion shells or some other natural colors. To me, this is one of my favorite ways to color eggs, because it’s healthy, simple and allows decorating the eggs, all at the same time. And all you need are nylon socks, thread, an onion shell, and leaves of herbs that will make the eggs get a pattern on their surface. This is done by the motives of clover, bracts, leaves etc.
The process is simple.
Cut the old nylon socks into pieces that can fit one egg. To make the plant easier to lay on the egg, it is best to moisten it a bit. Then carefully insert the egg into the sock and make sure the grass does not fall off. Repeat the process with every egg. And if you don’t want any patterns on them, then simply put the eggs in the pot with boiled onion shells. The evening before painting, soak as many onion shells in the water.
The next day, your egg color is ready. Keep the eggs at room temperature and place a tablespoon of vinegar and salt in the cooking water. In, still cool liquid, lay eggs and heat until they’re cooked. Cook the eggs at low temperature for at least half an hour, so they won’t crack, and they’ll certainly be cooked. Then cool them and then coat them with oily cotton or cloth to give them a glow. I always cook eggs for Easter longer than usual because they last longer.
Even if the eggs in the onion shells water are colored without motives, later on, we have the opportunity to play and express our creativity.. If you decide to color your eggs the natural way, you can also do it with the help of beetroot, various berries, spinach, nettle… I have tried everything, but in the last few years, I have mostly decided to color eggs in red (and white) onion shells. If you paint the eggs with natural ingredients, but without bracts and motifs, then you can do the following with the egg:
Additional Egg Decoration
You can also decorate the eggs after you color them (whether it is using an onion shell or some artificial colors) with additional techniques. Stickers, glitter, colored gel, these are just a few ways to decorate your eggs. Stickers may sometimes peel off or fold, so they don’t look great. Young children love this, and then perfection isn’t that important.
“Dress the Egg” is also interesting. Put plastic bags on the egg (in the middle), place the egg on the spoon and lower it into hot water. At the same moment, the plastic is glued to the egg, and we get a fast and interesting decoration. You can buy this decoration in the market.
Also, different patterns can be drawn on colored eggs, with gel, wax or felt pen. My sister in law loves to paint the paint the colored egg with a marker. She has perfected herself to the point that I invite her over every time, so she would paint some eggs for me. One colored egg like this is on the picture above.
It doesn’t matter which egg painting technique you choose, whether you do it with natural or artificial colors, what every person who paints eggs strives for is that it’s the best way possible to amaze your relatives and friends. That’s why many play, get creative, and always find new ways to make egg coloring a true perfection.
Talking About Coloring Eggs And Techniques…
- Tradition – Natural egg colors are all around us – black and red onion shells, beetroot, walnut leaf, kantarion. After painting, they can be further decorated with decorative leaf plants – parsley, clover, fern. You can also add aromatic herbs to the onion, which gives it a nice scent.
- Marble eggs – They are easy to get. Chop the onion and white onions into pieces. Dip the egg, roll it in the shells and wrap in aluminum foil or in a nylon sock. Cook the egg in a pot with color, whether it’s natural or artificial.
- Rubber bands for jars – Tie the rubber bands crosswise across the egg and then paint them.
- Sack – Wrap the egg in a sack used for potatoes, onions or kiwis, tie it tightly and cook it in the desired color.
- Shapes – Cut a firmer adhesive tape into strips, dots, squares, triangles, flowers, letters, and then glue it on boiled eggs. Put them in a nylon sock and paint as desired.
- Ladybug – Paint the eggs in the desired color, preferably red. Whisk one egg whites with a fork and use a brush to make polka dots on a painted egg. Roll the egg into poppy seeds.
- Silk – Cut old silk scarves or ties into pieces large enough to wrap eggs. Set it perfectly because it will be completely copied onto the egg, when it’s cooked. You should be careful while facing the printed side of the pieces towards the egg. Wrap tightly in gauze, an old pillowcase or similar cotton cloth, and tie it with a rubber band. Cook it for 20 minutes in water which was previously added 3 tablespoons of vinegar.
Decorations On Already Cooked Eggs
- Oil – Put the paint in a smaller pan and add a few drops of oil. Boil the eggs quickly in the mixture and turn them.
- Crumbs – Coat the cooked egg with glue and roll it in colorful decorative crumbs.
- Glitter – Brush glue on certain parts of the egg and roll it into silver face and body glitter.
- Crepe Paper – It’s best to take crepe in darker colors and cut it into thin and long strips. Wrap boiled, still warm eggs in strips and carefully lower them into a bowl of cold water, and place a tablespoon of vinegar in the water so that the paper is well glued. Remove the eggs and allow them to dry, but don’t wait for the paper to tighten completely. It’s best to use multiple shades at once, red, yellow, blue or green because the patterns will be more beautiful.
- Quick and easy – Pour a few drops of nutritional liquid paint into the freezer bag, you can also pour several shades at once. Insert the boiled egg inside and tap it until you get the desired color and motif.
- Scratched Egg – Sometimes, eggs don’t paint evenly, some parts have better color and some faded. Remove the egg from the paint and use an aluminium cleaning ball or use a knife to scratch the egg and return it to the same or lighter color.
- Rope – Dip a 30 cm rope in concentrated egg color. Soak the rope around the egg in different directions. Take another rope, soak in another color and repeat for as many shades as you want on the eggs.
More Easter Egg Decorations
- Lace – Cook the eggs, it’s best to wrap them in lace. It’s good to tighten it over the eggs, but not too much so that it doesn’t crack and put it into the prepared color.
- Coloring eggs on steam – Dry the eggs that you took out of the water. Pour about 2-3cm of water into a wider bowl, put a sieve or similar metal grate on a pan. Put eggs in it and sprinkle them with colored powder paint. Cover the eggs with a cloth and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. The color will be unusual.
- Tempera – If you want to paint on the already colored eggs, dilute some glue in a shallow bowl so that the water is only slightly cloudy. Immerse still warm eggs in this solution. When dried, paint them using temperas with motifs of your choice.
- Grain – Coat boiled eggs with glue or egg whites and roll them in a combination of wheat, rice, and other grains. On top, spray some colored lacquer.
- Wax colors – Draw on cooked eggs using wax colors and then paint the eggs in the desired color. Spots marked with wax won’t be colored.
- Stickers – Decorate already painted eggs with small stickers.
Past Text Reminder – Easter 2021.
Good Friday this year 2021 falls on April 2, and Easter will knock on our door on April 4 earlier than last year. Last year, Easter was April 12. Due to differences in the Western and Eastern calendar this year, the Eastern Church will celebrate Orthodox Easter on May 2. Interestingly, on several occasions, the Easter celebrations coincided in both the East and the West. This happened in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2017. And again, East and West will celebrate Easter together in 2025.
For more on Easter as an inspiration, it’s date, way of numeration, customs around the world and more, read in my texts…
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