Easter Egg Hunts
That Easter Eggs are a symbol of new life shouldn't come as any surprise.
The notion that the Earth itself was hatched from an egg was once
widespread and appears in the creation myths of numerous cultures. Consider the chick emerging from its dormant shell
. . . no wonder the egg was a symbol
of rebirth and adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the rebirth or
In my 'neck of the woods', lay midwives/healers in the Appalachian mountains (aka, "grannywomen") often use eggs to predict the gender of an unborn child by observing the direction of the rotation of an egg as it is suspended by a string over the abdomen of a pregnant woman. Their accuracy is uncanny.
Dyed and decorated eggs are given as gifts in many cultures. Colorful eggs
express a wish for prosperity and abundance during the upcoming year.
Rumor has it that sometimes the authorities who sought to find and punish the "heathens" would follow or bribe the children to reveal where they found the eggs so that the property owner could be brought to justice. So the hunts were often moved to public property and held as a community event.