Friday, April 10, 2009

Weekend Eye Candy - Easter/Passover Edition

Eggs are important in both the Easter and Passover traditions. In fact the Greek word for Easter is pascha, which is closely related to the Aramaic /Hebrew word pesach or Passover.

Because the eating of eggs was forbidden during Lent, they were brought to the table on Easter Day, coloured red to symbolize the Easter joy. This custom [probably has] its origin in [ancient pagan rites which] celebrated the return of spring.  (1)

In the Jewish tradition, the roasted egg represents the Temple offerings and its burning reflects the loss at the Temple’s destruction. Although it is never eaten during the Seder, some believe that prosperity will follow the person who secures the egg after the ceremony. (2)

And of course the egg is universally considered one of spring's symbols of renewal, re birth and re generation.

I wish you all the spirit of these messages, no matter your beliefs. For me spring is a time to sweep away old, worn out habits; possessions or thought patterns - which in turn creates room for new growth; opportunities and sweetness. Celebrate the possibilities!

Be sure to check out my other two Eye Candy playmates Paige and Christine to see their lovely collections of treasures, and have a very sweet weekend.


Chocolate and Steel said...

love this list!!! I just spent a lot of time visiting your featured pieces. I love that ring with the blue/green - torch fired. Have a wonderful weekend. My husband says that in ancient times they used to see the rabbit in the moon and Easter is the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

Paige said...

Lora love the information and the images are great too. I hope you have a great weekend. I'll see you Wednesday.