The Easter Egg

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A great tradition that finds its roots at the ancient Romans and Persians.

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The Romanian Easter Eggs have various colours, not only red. Although initially they were painted in red only, during time the cooks developed greater, various colours.

In some areas the women paint the eggs using natural bee wax and a pork hair blade as a "brush". The result is amazing. During the Easter, people knock eggs with each other. It is said that those who knock eggs will get to see each other on the other world (after they die), this is why the close relatives and friends hurry to knock eggs. It is also said that the ones whose eggs get cracked/broken first are the weaker ones and therefore will die first and his/her sins will be forgiven beforehand. When knocking eggs people say "The Lord has risen" (says the knocker) and the reply is "Indeed he has" (answers the knocked one). The person who breaks the opponent’s egg claims them both.

The colouring of the eggs was not originally a typical Christian tradition, but nowadays it became one. The ancient Persians (today’s Iranians) used to celebrate the spring's arrival by giving to each other coloured eggs. The Romans used to send to each other red eggs to celebrate God Ianus. For the Christians the red or multi coloured eggs became the symbol that shows that Jesus Christ resurrected. The Easter egg is cooked during the week before, never during Easter time itself. Its consummation represents the acknowledgement as a sacrifice and a guarantee for the rebirth. (Notes from Anton Radu Roman: Foods, Wines and Romanian Traditions)

Preparation: Hard boil the eggs in salty water with vinegar. The vinegar prevents the eggs to crack. Remove from the water and dive them in the coloured water. Or rub them with the colouring paste. Depends on the type of colours of each cook.