Traditional Easter egg decorating at Rowallane
Dying and decorating eggs for Easter or spring-time celebrations has been traditional since ancient times – join us in the café every day from 24 March to 3 April to decorate our dyed eggs, or try dying your own at home using ingredients from your own garden and larder. And remember to bring your eggs along to our Easter Chick Hunt on 29 March to roll.
Easter is celebrated all over the world and the traditionally dyed egg can represent the culture of many countries. There are many decorating techniques and numerous traditions of giving them as a token of friendship, love or good wishes.
In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.
A tradition exists in some parts of the United Kingdom of rolling painted eggs down steep hills on Easter Sunday. An Easter egg hunt is a common festive activity, where eggs are hidden for children to run around and find. This may also be a competition to see who can collect the most eggs.
Easter eggs are a widely popular symbol of new life in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and other Central European countries' folk traditions, which include concealing them in the garden for children to find, and making artificial eggs out of porcelain for ladies.
Natural colours are obtained by using various plants:
Red Cabbage Turns white eggs blue and brown eggs green.
Red onions can make lavender or red eggs while white onions will create a more orange or rusty colour.Beetroot will turn white eggs pink and brown eggs maroon.
Gorse flowers will turn eggs yellow – though can be prickly to pick.
Other things you could try include tea, coffee, turmeric, parsley and blueberries. Just remember that you’ll get different results depending on whether you use white or brown eggs.