59 imagesEaster Eggs food pictures, photos. Images. Food pictures of chocolate eggs & bunnies to buy on line . Easter is the second biggest feast in the Christian calendar after Christmas. Easter celebrates the death of Christ and his resurrection. The feast starts on Maundy Thursday which celebrates the last supper the night that Christ has his last meal with his Apostles. The next day is Good Friday the day that Christ was crucified on mount Calvary. The last day of the the Easter feast is Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday. This was the day that Christ rose form the dead. Associated with Easter are the traditions of egg painting and the Easter Bunny. To pagans the egg is a symbol of rebirth and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the Resurrection of Jesus. The ancient Zoroastrians from Iran celebrated their new year on the Vernal Equinox, March 21st , and practised a tradition that had existed for 2500 years of painting eggs on this day. Egg Painting To Christians painting eggs red symbolises the blood of Christ on the cross. The egg symbolises the tomb where Christ's body was laid and the breaking of eggs symbolises the Christ's resurrection. Easter Bunny Easter Sunday became an egg gorging day and games associated with eggs became tradition. The egg hunt is still popular throughout Europe when children scour the garden for hidden eggs. This tradition is also associated with the Easter Bunny or Hare. In legend, the creature brings baskets filled with coloured eggs, sweets and sometimes also toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter. The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets in a designated place or hide them somewhere in the house or garden for the children to find when they wake up in the morning. Giving Easter eggs seems to have originated from Alsace & the Rhineland as early as the 17th century. Chocolate Easter Eggs. The first edible Easter Eggs were made in Germany during the early 19th century and were made of pastry and sugar. The first chocolate Easter egg was produced in 1873 by Fry's who also produced the first manufactured chocolate bar. Sales of chocolate Easter eggs today massive. The Finnish celebrate Easter by eating two million Chocolate Mignon eggs made by the Fazer Factory. In the 4 days leading up to Easter 2008 £280million was spent on Easter eggs worldwide. £32.7million was spent on Fairtrade Easter chocolate products in 2008 alone. High resolution stock royalty free images of food picture images to download on line
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