Easter Egg Mandala
Tis the season for Easter Eggs. Since Mandalas are simply designs within a circle, I thought that we’d discuss the most popular mandala-esque decoration of spring- the Easter Egg.
Origin of the Easter Egg
Eggs are the ultimate symbol for new life, spring, and fertility. After all, with a little care, that white egg could become a chicken or duck. The Easter Egg is actually a symbol of new life that can be traced back to the Passover meal. At the end of the meal, it is customary to eat a boiled egg to symbolize the new life. In the Christian faith, eggs symbolize the resurrection.
In Persia, early Christians began staining the eggs to represent the blood shed on the cross. It wasn’t long before the rest of the Christian world decided to get in on the fun and the practice quickly spread through the Orthodox Church to Russia, Europe, and then to America.
In addition to dyeing eggs, other traditions rose up around them. There are Easter Egg rolls, hunts, races, and everything else.
Over time, the eggs became a vital part of any Easter celebration. The decorations became more elaborate. The best example of this can be seen in the amazing Faberge Eggs made for the Russian Tsars.
Easter Eggs, like Mandalas, can be created and enjoyed by all ages. So, grab an egg and paint and see what you come up with. Happy Easter!