Saturday, March 26, 2016

Eggscellent

Finland FI-781167 received 04-12-2010

Sent by:  Mutsi1
From: Turku, Finland
ID number: FI-781167
Notes: Unlike yesterday's card, I know for sure that this card is for Easter.  The biggest clue is the word "Easter" written in many different languages, including Spanish, French, Polish, Latvian, and of course, English.  Another good clue are the five Easter eggs at the bottom of the card (aren't those speckled ones cool?).  There are several explanations of how eggs came to be associated with Easter.  This is directly from History.com:

Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

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