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The Custom's Pagan Antecedents[edit]

This article seems justified towards the side Christian Apologetics. While it is indeed valuable data about how the Christians came to adopt this custom, this article and even recent extremist scholars (e.g.. Prof. Ronald Hutton in "The Stations of the Sun") blatantly ignore the pagan antecedents of this custom as demonstrated by a venerable work cited by both, by contrast to the overly Christian meme of each: Venetia Newall's "An Egg At Easter" emphatically concludes that the custom is pagan in origin. The Introduction also seems somewhat skewed as it infers to the reader that this custom is a purely Christian invention despite the evidence to the contrary; in fact, the quoted sources re essentially modern interpretations that seek to justify the Easter Egg as a Christian symbol. This makes the intro. little more than Christian propaganda as it is phrased. A drastic re-write is in order, and I thoroughly recommend wiping the intro. almost entirely because of its propagandist nature! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:25, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

Agreed; indeed, Easter is originally an English holiday that is held in celebration of the English goddess Eastre (aka Eostre or Ostara, depending regionally). She was the goddess of the dawn and of the spring, and was associated with eggs (as she was responsible for the 'birth' of new days and of spring, which brought about new life in the crops) and with hares. Current tradition (in England, at least) dictates that we hand out eggs and rabbits (which it is easy to see have evolved from hares over the last couple of thousand years) on the same day that the feast of Eastre was held in England back when paganism was still the #1 religion. How people can seriously believe that Easter eggs, or even the holiday of Easter itself are Christian in the slightest is beyond me and just makes me believe that everyone who wrote this article was blissfully ignorant of their holidays pagan English origins. Never forget that English culture is almost entirely based upon paganism, and that many of the holidays celebrated internationally originated in Britain (eg Halloween and Easter) and can be easily traced back to pagan beliefs. Modern people seem to horrendously exaggerate just how Christian western (and more specifically, British) culture is. Also remember that paganism is one of the largest religions in Britain to this day, so taking credit for all pagan holidays seems quite offensive to a very large national demographic (talk) 23:48, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

With all the comments about Easter's pagan roots being omitted, I'm surprised no one has added it to the article yet... Is there any way to make an open request for edits?Terukiyo (talk) 19:43, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

I don't have time to make edits to the article, but I found two sources that could be used for starters for someone else to make the necessary corrections:

Berserk798 (talk) 21:05, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Actually, all those claims about Eostre are speculation at best. We know absolutely nothing about the attributes given to Eostre, there are absolutely no records (written by pagans or Christians) about her mythos, her attributes, the character of the supposed celebration or anything else at all. As far as the Christian celebration coming from a English pagan one, we don't even hear of Eostre or Easter until the 7th century by Bede and he says nothing about her attributes in any way either. It has all been made up based on "Well, it must be so" kind of logic and the creation of anachronisms. In reality we hear of Pascha being celebrated by Christians before the English, or Angles, Saxons and Jutes, ever existed. It is logically impossible then for it to have been derived from them. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:54, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Neither of the sources for the statement "The custom of the Easter egg, however, originated in the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion.[9][10]" confirm or support the statement. They both say that easter eggs were incorporated into christianity at that time, but don't preclude a previous origin. Either get a real cite or I will delete the statement.Skeptonomicon (talk) 23:18, 21 April 2014 (UTC)


"One well-known early Easter egg found in a couple of OSes caused them to respond to the command make love with not war?."

That quote can't be correct....? "Make love not war," you mean?-

--- I would move the article on easter eggs (decorative) here. It is what is meant by the vast majority of the population when they say easter egg. Even if Google might show otherwise. - SimonP 18:01, Feb 14, 2004 (UTC)

Fine with me. It would seem to be more logical. Just make sure the edit history doesn't get lost (i.e. delete this page and then MOVE the easter egg decorative here). Jor 18:05, 14 Feb 2004 (UTC)
The majority of the history is still in this article so I think in this case it is best to just copy and paste. - SimonP 18:57, Feb 14, 2004 (UTC)
Go ahead :) Jor 18:58, 14 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Weird article...[edit]

Its all about the mostly defunct tradition of egg decorating- there should at least be a partial mention of the chocolate eggs which today are what you are taken to mean when you say easter egg --Josquius 11:03, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Depends where you live. Bazza 12:04, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

I don't know where Josquius lives, but here in Brazil where I live Easter eggs are ONLY associated with chocolate eggs. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:29, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

Article incomplete[edit]

I'm surprised that the article completely leaves out the fact that colouring of and exchanging of eggs at the beginning of spring has been a tradition in Persia from before the birth of Christianity.

Agrred the article seems to have been written by Christians seeking to distort history as usual. It makes no mention of the Teutonic goddess of spring "Eastre" which is patently ridiculous in fact no mention of the obvious pagan origins of easte rat all : The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similarly, the "Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos." Despite attempts to Christianise it Easter is accepted by all scholars to be a pagan fertility rite in origin celebrating the rebirth of life in spring.

More propaganda. Any actual evidence to back your claims? How about signing up for an account and signing your comments? Dogface 05:20, 9 December 2006 (UTC)

I actually find this interesting and would like to see an expansion. I really thought that easter eggs to be some sort of perverted idea for commercializing Easter and now it has an actual meaning! Someone please do the research on this! I would be eternally grateful. 22:01, 20 February 2008 (UTC) Buggs —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

The pagan origin of the Slavic Easter egg is tradition is mentioned in the article on Egg decorating in Slavic culture, and the Anglo-Saxon origin of the English name Easter from the goddess Ēostre is mentioned in the article on Easter. Nobody has denounced these as "propaganda". The Encyclopedia Britannica's article on "church year (Christianity): Easter" says "As at Christmas, so also at Easter, popular customs reflect many ancient pagan survivals—in this instance, connected with spring fertility rites, such as the symbols of the Easter egg and the Easter hare or rabbit". And so on - there are plenty of reliable sources to back up the theory that Easter eggs have a pre-Christian origin, although there are plenty of others that deny it. It seems odd, at least - not to say biased - that the current article does not even mention it as a possibility. HairyDan (talk) 11:31, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

I'm surprised to see that this article has not been expanded to include discussion of Oestre and also some mention of the myth of the egg-laying hare 'Osterhase'. The view given here is narrow and potentially misleading. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:24, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Easter Egg roll at the White House[edit]

The article says that The most well-known egg roll is done at the White House. It might be the most well-known in the US, but it may not be anywhere else. Until there's a citation to prove the assertion, I have amended it to the Easter Egg Roll has become a much-loved annual event on the White House lawn. Bazza 12:11, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

Easter Eggs in video games[edit]

It would be interesting to disambiguate Easter Eggs and create a new article about "Easter Eggs" in video games, that is, secret areas, messages, or objects put into games which is popular among today's game designers. There's certainly enough about those to make a new article for it.-- 21:33, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

You may perhaps be looking for Easter egg (media), which is linked at the top of this article. Powers T 15:10, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
I agree there should be should be a Disabiguation page, any one else feel this way? 00:32, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

Easter-Orthodox Easter eggs[edit]

The material already in the article fits in well with what i have heard, that is not described: two people each holding such an egg, and crying different versions of the Resurrection news (in Greek, for Greek O.) while they hit them together to see which one's shell is cracked -- the cracking symbolizing the opening of the tomb. Someone should be able to get the details better than i would manage.
--Jerzyt 04:20, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

external links[edit]

Ok, I admit I am a useless newbie, but I just thought I'd fix the External Link section broken link for the Vegreville egg, while I was visiting the page. I browsed around, found a Tour Alberta Main Streets site with a nice picture, and substituted that link, since the town of Vegreville's gallery seems to be broken. I also clarified that the egg is the World's Largest Ukrainian Pysanka. The error messages I got tonight were worse than useless. From what I can figure out, I was accused of linkspam. The edit was removed, and instead of putting up something that worked, the editor just left the broken link. Why? What should I have done instead? Clear constructive criticism welcome. Thanks. 02:04, 7 April 2007 (UTC)Sim

You should of used a more descriptive edit summary, something like "fix broken link" could of prevented my revert. Mentioning changes to the external links section first here on the talk page is always a good idea. Now that you have stated your intentions on fixing that link your change sounds great, please change it back. Since it's Easter weekend this page is a seasonal spam magnet. You are welcome to help out, if you see spam links added then please delete them. Thanks. (Requestion 18:18, 7 April 2007 (UTC))

Proposed move of Easter article[edit]

Hi. I've started a discussion regarding moving Easter (disambiguation) to Easter (after having moved Easter to Easter (Christian festival) (or something similar). Discussion to please take place at Talk:Easter_(disambiguation)#Requested_move, NOT here. Many thanks! --Rebroad 10:31, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Deep Fried Easter Egg[edit]

Erm, I suspect the bit at the end about "deep fried easter eggs in scotland" is an urban myth. Is there anyone there who can testify to having found such a thing. (if so was it any good? ((and what is the recipe?!)))

Aye, I think this needs a cite -- can't see a hollow chocolate egg surviving deep frying that well. A deep-fried Creme Egg sounds more plausible, but I've never seen one. Mendor 18:51, 8 April 2006 (UTC) <<< I can certify that, as I read it in the "Press and Journal" newspaper, cut it out, and took that scan, a long time ago... If I looked around, i could find the original scan, but couldnt get you a date. Still, you'll know roughly when its from. If you do decide to include it, perhaps upload that image to imageshack, etc, incase that site goes down. Popher (talk) 00:41, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

National differences[edit]

See my comments on Talk:Chocolate egg. --SJK (talk) 09:44, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

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Egg not a just a symbol, but a feature of spring[edit]

The article ought to make clear that the association of eggs with Easter and spring is not just symbolic, but a fact of nature.

Seasonality of eggs in New York Times Freakonomics column

"Easter’s symbols of rebirth, eggs, chicks, baby rabbits, lambs and the like are simple enough to understand in the Christian tradition but I'm always surprised when people fail to understand that it is much more than that. Eggs and baby animals were some of the very first fresh food that pre-industrial populations would have after a long winter, and would in many cases be the only food available. Spring was known as the “starving time” for most of man's history (in temperate climates) because much of the previous year's harvest and stores would have been consumed by March and April. Thus, as soon as you could begin to move around outdoors in the daylight you'd begin looking for eggs and game to supplement your diet. Thus the Easter tradition of egg hunting is more mimicry of our starving ancestors than many would like to think." -- Kai Carver (talk) 01:37, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

Easter Bunny[edit]

The "Easter Bunny" would seem to be a purely North American tradition, with some spillage into other cultures. It should be qualified as such in the summary.--Rfsmit (talk) 19:18, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

Nope, the Easter bunny is originally German, or Alsatian: Easter_Bunny#Origins --Kai Carver (talk) 13:51, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Brazilian Easter Eggs[edit]

Easter Eggs in Brazil are far different from the original painted Easter Eggs from Europe. Here, Easter Eggs are generally ostrich-big, hollow chocolate capsules with chocolate candies inside, and externally wrapped in brilliantly-colored aluminum paper.

This big, family-size Easter Eggs are very popular here in Brazil, far more than the smaller, non-hollow versions and chocolate bunnies. The Brazilian Easter Egg is opened and served as a dessert after the Easter lunch.--MaGioZal (talk) 05:13, 11 April 2009


This article infers that the Slavic people introduced the event of painting and cracking eggs to represent the ressurection of Christ where in fact, they were Pagans when they came to Europe. As a matter of fact, Christianity was introduced to them by the Eastern Orthodox Christians who had this event incorporated in their preachings ling before. I think this article has once again been sabotaged by certain extremists for political reasons to gain points for their agenda. For example, they infer Croatians use this tradition when we know that Croatians have always been Catholic. The real tell tale sign is the use of the term Macedonian which unless it refers to Greek Macedonians who lived in and around Constantinople or northern Greece at the time, then it can only be connected to political propaganda. If this is the case, it is sad that a sacred event such as easter is being used as a propaganda tool.

But the Easter Egg tradition was not and is not, as far as we know, an Slavic-Orthodox exclusivity. The tradition of painted eggs appears in other peoples of Central/Eastern Europe too, like Croatians and even Lithuanians.--MaGioZal (talk) 15:50, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

First Easter Eggs of 2010[edit]

Spotted in a supermarket today (4 January). Jackiespeel (talk) 23:04, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

Suggest removing references to Eostre[edit]

The "Origin and folklore" section contains a fair amount about the alleged goddess Ēostre:

The pre-Christian Saxons had a spring goddess called Eostre, whose feast was held on the Vernal Equinox, around 21 March[citation needed]. Her animal was the spring hare[citation needed]. Some believe that Ēostre was associated with eggs and hares,[1] and the rebirth of the land in spring was symbolised by the egg. Ēostre is only known from the writings of Bede Venerabilis, a seventh-century Benedictine monk. Bede mentions the pagan worship of Ēostre among the Anglo-Saxons as having died out before he wrote about it. Bede's De temporum ratione attributes her name to the festival, but does not mention eggs at all.[2]

Given how little we know about Eostre--our only source for the existence of such a goddess is Bede, and he says nothing more than that she was honored in a month named for her, and that that month later gave its name to Easter--this seems unwarranted. All the actual connections between Eostre and easter eggs are marked with fact-check tags; according to the article on Eostre, these connections are all 19th-century speculation.

I suggest removing the references to Esotre from the article. If people want to know about the etymology of "Easter" (and speculations about the goddess), they'll find the info they need from the Easter page. -- Narsil (talk) 23:09, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

And, hearing no objections... -- Narsil (talk) 19:24, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

I object strenuously, post-hoc. Can this be reinstated please. (R Clarke) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:26, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Vandalism left in article for 364 days?[edit]

So I'm kinda half-reading, half skimming the article, when I come upon this caption on an image: "Candle dripped Easter eggs from Ord Mantell and South Bend, IN, USA". Being a Sci-Fi dork and a Star Wars fan, I immediately recognized 'Ord Mantell' as a planet from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Granted, my first thought was 'What? Is there someplace real called that or is it just Vandalism?' Cursory examination turned up no such real place. In fact, Ord Mantell is an active redirect to it's entry in the List of Star Wars Planets. Probably why our vandal didn't link it.

Some slightly more involved searching turned up the exact page revision where it appeared:

21:11 April 10th, 2009. I pulled it out of the article at 21:46 April 9th, 2010.

A guy adds a nonexistent planet to an image caption, in addition to the original, actual location that was listed... and it survives unremoved for 364 days, 15 minutes; 23.75 hours short of one year. In all that time, it would appear that not one single person that read, edited, or removed vandalism from the article checked that out at all. Nobody tried to link it, nobody tried to look up the article for it, nobody, in fact, bothered to try verifying it at all.

That Vandal has probably been laughing his ass off every single time he checks the page and sees it's still there. He's probably fair disappointed it missed 1 year by that narrow of a margin too.

-Graptor (talk) 22:02, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

It´s very interesting the different forms of celebrating Easter in the different parts of the world. The chocolate eggs are a significant symbol established in speaking English countries. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wikiteresa (talkcontribs) 21:08, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

Yet another theory[edit]

My wife and I happened to be in Greece during Greek Easter a few years ago and in a number of places we heard the following story for the Easter Egg tradition. Apparently, when the women went to Jesus' tomb on the Sunday morning, they went there after first collecting eggs as they had done on every other morning. But on this morning, the eggs had miraculously become coloured red. Yes, I recognize that this is hardly a "verified" story by any encyclopaedic definition. Old_Wombat (talk) 09:29, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

Problem with second sentence and sourcing[edit]

The second sentence reads as such:

The egg is a pagan symbol of the rebirth of the Earth in celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.

The source for this sentence is here. I question the validity of this sentence and its source. The source provides absolutely no attribution as to who wrote it, what their qualifications are, and exactly where their information comes from. (Plus the source includes "Easter songs and fingerplays" for preschool!) (talk) 00:49, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

Egg tapping in respective languages[edit]

Under the Easter egg traditions section, there is a list of countries where egg tapping is practised. After that list, an editor has added 'They call it tucanje'. The languages spoken in that list of countries differ and that word seems (from my checking) to apply to very few of them. Tucanje is a word in Croatian, but not in Bulgarian - the correct term there is чукане/чукване (с яйца), transliterated as chukane/chukvane (s yaitsa), meaning literally knocking/tapping (with eggs). That's why I added a {{Who?}} to that sentence.

Options here are to either remove that phrase, or add (in brackets) the translations for each language by native speakers, similarly to Egg decorating in Slavic culture. The second option is my preferred. The Z UKBG (talk) 11:32, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

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Paschal Greeting with Easter Egg[edit]

Could somebody please clarify the following part of the article: "During Paschaltide, in some traditions the Paschal greeting with the Easter egg is even extended to the deceased." I cannot see how the Paschal greeting is extended to the deceased, especially if an Easter egg is meant to be involved. This is very confusing and should be improved upon. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:51, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

Easter egg rearrangement[edit]

I did considerable rearrangement to the article just now - I didn't take anything out but a picture of some Cadbury eggs, though. The idea was to clarify how the Lent tradition gives a real explanation for egg eating on Easter, then proceed from there, marginalizing the non-Christian traditions which so far haven't been very convincingly linked to Easter by anything I've read here. Wnt (talk) 22:10, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

  • I"m not sure why "marginalizing the non-Christian traditions" seemed warranted to you, and reading this talk page makes it clear that several others have also attempted to hide the pagan origins of Easter eggs. Often, as implied by your comment there, the reason for doing this is for lack of "convincing" sources as to these links. Here are some, thus:
    • Barnett, James H. "The Easter Festival: A Study in Cultural Change." American Sociological Review 14.1 (1949): 62–70. Link.
    • Newall, Venetia. "Easter Eggs." The Journal of American Folklore 80.315 (1967): 3–32. Link.
  • Those are two I found with a quick Google Scholar search. There are no doubt many others. But to "[marginalize] the non-Christian traditions" seems to deny an important part of the Easter egg story. I hope this action will be rectified. (talk) 18:28, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Målade påskägg i Sverige[edit]

Discussion moved by Grotte from User talk:Grotte

Hej Grotte. Tycker du att man målar på ägg i Sverige? Jag bor själv i Sverige och jag tycker mig förstå att det ingalunda målas ägg här i Sverige på påsken, utan köpes i godisaffären och ges bort i stora påskägg gjorda av papp. Alternativt hängs det i påskriset eller serveras och ställs fram på bordet, i detta fall inslagna i färglada stanniolpapper. Dina ägg, på din bild (som jag förstod att du själv tog) verkade vara målade äkta hönsägg. Jag kan inte hålla med om att detta ger en rättvis bild av de rådande omständigheterna i dagsläget i Sverige, med tanke på att denna wikipedia är en encyklopedi. I en encyklopedi, som dessutom många läser världen över, borde stå en korrekt återgivning av det statistiskt riktiga sakläget. Ett uppslagsverk bör ge en korrekt och sanningsenligt bild över de rådande förhållandena i det subjekt som behandlas. Det kan möjligen funnits en viss tradition av äggmålning i Skåne och Halland, men det generella bruket är att äta ägg och att göra som ovan. Här följer ett citat ordagrant återgiven från den motsvarande artikeln på den svenska wikipedia:

”Traditionen att skänka ägg lever kvar, men idag handlar det främst om godisfyllda pappägg.” Vänligen beakta detta, och om du trots allt envisas med att ha kvar bilden i artikeln, så denna under-skrift ” Easter eggs from Sweden”, även om det möjligen kan vara tekniskt korrekt (det vill säga att de visserligen är ägg, och var troligen målade och antagligen har befunnits på ett bord, någonstans i Sverige) så speglar de inte de verkliga förhållandena som råder i landet. Man kan bara förundras ibland vilka underliga uppgifter hittar man då och då på den engelska wiki-pedian, angående svenska förhållanden. Som till exempel i artikeln List of soups

Fruktsuppa Dessert A Swedish fruit soup, on dried fruit such as raisins and prunes.

Aldrig hört talas om Fruktsoppa, (jag antar att detta ord syftar till det) på plommon och russin. M.v.h. Hafspajen (talk) 16:22, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Målade ägg till påsk är väl inget konstigt, det förekommer i Sverige. Det säljs speciell färg osv. Att ha pappägg med godis eller som pynt gör väl inte att man inte kan ha färgade hönsägg. Varför skulle det ena utesluta det andra? Man äter nog bara de färgade äggen, man ger inte bort dem, vilket man kanske gjorde förr, men man färgar ägg i Sverige likväl. Sök på färga ägg och liknande i google så får du se, det verkar inte vara något som inte förekommer precis. Så att det skulle vara missvisande att ha med det kan jag inte hålla med om. Det är ju inte så att precis alla i Sverige måste göra något för att det skall få nämnas i wikipedia.
Fruktsoppa hittar du nog i en vanlig kokbok, även om det inte är den modernaste efterrätten. Är det typiskt svenskt är det väl det. Det behöver inte vara fel med att ha med det i den listan.
Detta gäller ju inte precis saker som inte förekommit på 1000 år.
Det andra målade äggen och sakerna som finns på bilderna i artikeln om påskägg, har du någon uppfattning om hur vanligt det är att folk gör sådana? Jag skulle kunna tänka mig att det är något som förekommer betydligt mer sällan än att folk färgar ägg i Sverige.
Grotte (talk) 16:51, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Det är inte vanligt att måla ägg i Sverige. Man brukar inte måla ägg, så som man skaffar julgran och äter risgrynsgröt på julen, så som man dansar kring midsommarstången och så som man äter sill och potatis och går omkring med kransar i håret. Det vill säga, det är ingen tradition. Det har inte rötter i den svenska påsk traditionen. Alla äter hamburgare, men det är inte någon tradition. Alla köper och äter pizza, men det är inte någon svensk tradition heller. Man äter kinamat men man är inte kines för det. Jag pesonligen gillar målade ägg, men det blir inte svensk tradition för det.

Visst finns det fruktsoppa. Typiskt svenskt, som du säger. Men du är ouppmärksam, det är ingen bra egenskap det. För att de skriver fruktsuppa, med u , s u ppa , så skriver man inte på svenska. Hafspajen (talk) 19:27, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Det är vanligt att måla ägg i Sverige och det är en svensk tradition. Man har hållit på med det sedan 1700-talet sådär i Sverige. Och sen när är det bara traditioner det skall stå om på wikipedia, och vad skulle "ha rötter i den svenska påsk traditionen" betyda? Jag anmärker inte på folks stavning, inte ens sär skrivning, fast man inte skriver så på svenska. Är det felstavat så korrigera det. Grotte (talk) 19:46, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

"Jag anmärker inte på folks stavning, inte ens sär skrivning,...?" Då borde du inte skriva på en Encyclopedia, unge man, om du inte bryr dig om vad som är rätt och fel. Det tycker jag verkligen, och då har vi inte mer att diskutera.Hafspajen (talk) 13:37, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Easter Eggs in Gaming[edit]

I won't add a new section of just one sentence, but I think I'd be nice to include something to the effect of: "'Easter Eggs' in video games are surprising often humorous elements put into a game that don't serve any real purpose. A lot of times they include things outside the universe of the game, other games, or simply a message to the player from the developer. They generally go unnoticed hence the usage of the term since players hunt for them." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:56, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

Proposed merge of Red Easter egg[edit]

This was long overdue; thanks, Hafspajen, for the reminder. With Candle blocked as the sock of ChildofMidnight and no other opposers, the merge is done. Drmies (talk) 16:15, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

When the only text is considered, Red Easter egg could be easily accommodated, as one variety, in the main article Easter egg, to aid navigation. As for the excessive use of images on the red egg content fork, many of them appear here, anyway. Shawn in Montreal (talk) 20:18, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

While you're are it why not merge Easter egg into Easter? And why would we have a separate article for pysanka but not krashanky? And what about Easter egg tree? Or Easter custom? Or Easter food? Why not merge it all into one great big article? Candleabracadabra (talk) 20:50, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Sounds messy. But those are different topics, food, tree, customs, but red eggs are just red coloured eggs, nothing else.
  • What more inportant, the Kraszanki (or krasahanky) is just a variety of the pysanka. Read the article on pysanka. Hafspajen (talk) 21:21, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Just types of decorated Ukrainian eggs: Pysanka is often taken to mean any type of decorated egg, but it specifically refers to an egg created by the written-wax batik method and utilizing traditional folk motifs and designs. Several other types of decorated eggs are seen in Ukrainian tradition, and these vary throughout the regions of Ukraine.

  • Krashanky –from krasyty (красити), "to decorate"– are boiled eggs dyed a single color (with vegetable dyes), and are blessed and eaten at Easter.
  • Pysanky –from pysaty (писати), "to write"– are raw eggs created with the wax-resist method (batik). The designs are "written" in hot wax with a stylus or a pin-head. Wooden eggs and beaded eggs are often referred to as "pysanky" because they mimic the decorative style of pysanky in a different medium.
  • Krapanky –from krapka (крапка), "a dot"– are raw eggs decorated using the wax-resist method, but with only dots as ornamentation (no symbols or other drawings). They are traditionally created by dripping molten wax from a beeswax candle onto an egg.
  • Dryapanky –from dryapaty (дряпати), "to scratch"– are created by scratching the surface of a dyed egg to reveal the white shell below.
  • Malyovanky –from malyuvaty (малювати), "to paint"– are created by painting a design with a brush using oil or water color paints. It is sometimes used to refer to coloring (e.g. with a marker) on an egg.
  • Nakleyanky –from kleyaty (клеяти), "to glue on"– are created by glueing objects to the surface of an egg.
  • Travlenky –from travlenya (травлення), “etching” – are created by waxing eggs and then etching away the unwaxed areas. This is not a traditional Ukraine practice, but has become popularized recently.
  • Biserky –from biser (бісер), "beads"– are created by coating an egg with beeswax, and then embedding beads into the wax to create geometric designs.
  • Lystovky –from lystya (листя), "leaves"– are created by dyeing an egg to which small leaves have been attached.

So actually this should be merged into pysanka. And according to this definition the article red egg is incorrect, because Krashanky are eggs dyed a single color. Hafspajen (talk) 04:34, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Despite your various and meandering argument, the subject of red Easter eggs is very substantially covered in reliable independent sources. In Greece, where they are known as kokkina avga, and in other countries they have a special practice and traditions and culinary practices associated with them that are separate and distinct from other Easter eggs. While there is nothing stopping us from merging any two subjects together, in order to maintain balance in this article and to cover the subject of the red eggs appropriately and with proper illustrations, it is best to keep the subjects separate. Candleabracadabra (talk) 16:30, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.
Well, thanks, now everything is said twice, twice. Remove duplicate pictures, duplicate text and fringe theory about the sacred sacred tradition among followers of Eastern Christianity. Due to merger now we have text that say the same thing that is already in article. Hafspajen (talk) 16:23, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
In Christianity the sacred tradition is about the authority of Church - passed on in the Church from one generation to the next without addition, alteration, or subtraction. Hafspajen (talk) 16:29, 10 December 2014 (UTC)


The notion that eggs represent Jesus or a tomb is complete bullshit. This Christian propaganda seeks to erase the fact that eggs are an ancient pagan symbol of fertility. Pagan rituals were co-opted around the 14th century by the Pope in an effort to convert the populace to Christianity. Xmas trees, Festival of the Sun, Festival of Fertility, and on and on. This article is an excellent example of how Wikipedia has become completely bogus. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:18, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

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Article overhaul[edit]

I have done some overhaul on the article to reflect a number of issues. Specifically I was looking to address:

  • the heavy WP:UNDUE bias on Christian symbolism for Easter eggs
  • the complete lack of any mention of pre-christian history for Easter eggs, despite scholarly articles existing saying the contrary
  • the lack of mention for Eostre and links asserted by Joseph Grimm and Bede for decorated eggs
  • the poorly sourced and contradictory information about Christian symbolism for eggs (a newspaper Q&A article and a GCSE textbook are do not make reliable sources!)
  • the large amount of WP:SYNTH which meant the article was strongly suggestive of a Christian origin for eggs
  • Poorly sourced (and fairly unlikely) claims IN THE LEDE that easter eggs originated in Christian mesopotamia
  • the scattergun galleries, with a number of poor quality pictures, not related to sections they are in
  • the huge amount of repetition and contradicatory information at different points in the article

I hope we can work to improve this article signficantly. I would ask that you don't wholesale revert it, but work to bring it in to standard WP structures.

OwainDavies (about)(talk) edited at 08:13, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

Dear User:Owain.davies, thank you for reaching out to me via my talk page and here. I am happy to work with you on this article to improve it. One thing that we must keep in mind here is that this article is about Easter/Paschal eggs, not about how eggs were used in other cultures or religions. While it's okay to have some information regarding these practices, it should not be the focus of the article. The fact that Easter eggs originated among early Christians in Mesopotamia is well known and there are plenty of academic sources to confirm this (e.g. Routledge). I will add these to the article. Joseph Grimm's speculation is merely a theory and it does not belong in the lede. This is something that is, in fact, unlikely, as some modern scholars have disputed the claim. What we can put in the lede, however, is Nile Green's claim that the early Christian custom may have arisen due to contact with surrounding cultures. I agree with you on the "scattergun galleries" and will leave your reorganization of that. However, adding a new heading titled "Christian tradition" is misleading because that makes it appear that other customs, such "Decoration" and "Egg tapping" are not practiced in Christian cultures. As a result, I'm going to rework that. I will honor your request not to wholesale revert your changes in the spirit of collaboration. However, I'm going to ask you to work with good edits that I will bring to the article in order to improve it. I hope this helps and look forward to your thoughts. With regards, AnupamTalk 19:29, 26 March 2016 (UTC)
As user Skeptonomicon points out above, the sources do not actually support the assertion they are used to support; none of the sources even specify how old the Christian custom is in Mesopotamia (the only source that mentions "early Christians" is from 1881!), and hint at no evidence that the custom already existed in the early Christian period (i. e., in antiquity) – Kenneth merely speculates about an origin in Persia (which, however, it should be noted, would also mean that there is nothing Christian about the custom originally, only that the origin would lie in pre-Christian Persia!). Rather, the custom appears to be attested first in 1694, significantly later even than the attestation of the custom in the Roman Ritual (1610)! This is exactly the same kind of stretching and over-interpretation of the evidence that champions of pre-Christian (European) pagan origins of customs are accused of by Christians all the time. Clearly, there is a pro-Christian bias here, as scepticism is applied unequally; if Grimm's assertions are dismissed as speculation, so should the assertions of early Christian origin, because they are supported by no evidence, thus there is no "fact that Eastern eggs originated among early Christians in Mesopotamia" that is well known; it looks very much like an anti-Grimmian counter-speculation by pro-Christian scholars. In short, the origins of the Christian custom of painting Easter eggs are lost in the mists of history, as the case for an early Christian origin is just as flimsy as the one for a pagan origin. It is POV to present the Mesopotamian speculation as plain fact, rather than yet another hypothetical suggestion. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 17:17, 17 April 2017 (UTC)
@Bloodofox: Can I have your input here? I've tagged the statement. The assertion of a Mesopotamian origin of the Easter egg custom should definitely be toned down here and in related articles. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 17:20, 17 April 2017 (UTC)
I should caution that you seem to be framing your contentious claims as a WP:BATTLEGROUND, with your use of locutions such as "champions of pre-Christian (European) pagan origins" and "pro-Christian scholars". In addition, WP:CANVASSING other editors here who might agree with you is generally not encouraged. That being said, the article properly notes that eggs were used by adherents of pre-Christian cultures and then consequently discusses how Paschal/Easter eggs were used by early Christians in their celebration of Pascha/Easter. It also mentions that this custom entered Christianity "from Persia into the Greek Christian Churches of Mesopotamia", with support of an academic source, per Wikipedia's policy of WP:RS. I have added an additional source published by another academic press, ABC-CLIO, which states:

The history of the Easter egg can be traced back to the time of the advent of Christianity in Mesopotamia (around the first to the third century), when people use to stain eggs red as a reminder of the blood spilled by Christ during the Crucifixion. In time, the Christian church in general adopted this custom with the eggs considered to be a symbol of both Christ's death and Resurrection. Moreover, in the earliest days of Christianity Easter eggs were considered symbolic of the thomb in which Jesus's corpse was laid after the Crucifixion for eggs, as a near universal symbol of fertility and life, were like Jesus's tomb, something from which new life came forth.

If you have a reliable source in which someone claims to refute the Mesopotamian origin of Easter eggs, we can gladly include that in the article . I hope this helps. With regards, AnupamTalk 21:42, 17 April 2017 (UTC)


Because of the issue of the overload of images, perhaps it is wise we have a discussion section to discuss any changes in regards to images. A section where people may propose replacing/ adding images to this article. For that very reason, I have created this section.SecretName101 (talk) 23:55, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

A cute image that will likely not be added however, would be this one of the Clinton family cat Socks (cat) at the White House with a bunch of easter eggs:
Photograph of Socks the Cat Posing Next to Easter Eggs Decorated with Paw Prints- 04-01-1994 (6461516025).jpg

SecretName101 (talk) 23:57, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

Jewish origins of Easter generally; eggs and lambs specifically?[edit]

So, the Jewish antecedents of Easter are well noted throughout the main article, but especially here and here. Given that the date, name, and many major symbols of Easter were explicitly borrowed from Jewish Passover whole-cloth, I don't understand how the Easter Egg article fails to discuss the importance of hardboiled eggs to to the Passover Seder and how that may have influenced the adoption of egg symbolism into Easter holiday traditions -- with the exception of a few, unsourced throwaway lines at the very end of the article. Like, the Christians and pagans weren't the only ones kicking around Mesopotamia at the beginning of the millenium, influencing early Christian doctrine.

Can someone add more balance to this article by incorporating this history more fully and with citations?

EmmeDave (talk) 19:46, 5 April 2017 (UTC)