Stirling Eyecare April May 2019

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Inside This Issue 1 Don’t Fear Getting Your Eyes Checked

The Importance of Rain to the Survival of Cultures

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Our Patients Say It Best

Find Relief From Your Allergies

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Pasta Primavera

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The Origin of the Easter Egg

THE ORIGIN OF THE EASTER EGG The Symbol of Resurrection

These days, most of us know the Easter egg as a little plastic container. We can walk into any store after Valentine’s Day and buy a colorful assortment of eggs by the hundreds. We stuff each egg with a treat and hide them for our kids and grandkids to find. This is a tradition many of us grew up with, but the Easter egg is part of a much greater tradition, rich in history and religious significance that goes back to the earliest days of Christianity. As Christianity spread through the Mediterranean and the Middle East, many traditions did as well, including the Easter egg. One story says that Mary Magdalene brought cooked eggs to the tomb of Jesus. On the day of the resurrection, the eggs turned a vibrant red when Mary witnessed Christ reborn. Because of this, early believers began to color their eggs red, and over the years, the practice spread. In Christian churches across Greece and Mesopotamia, people decorated eggs in dark red to symbolize the blood of Christ as it was shed at the time of crucifixion. Eventually, the tradition of coloring eggs spread north and into Russia, where Easter egg decorating became a major part of the holiday. As the tradition grew in popularity, it spread through much of Eastern Europe. Colors and designs became more elaborate, to the point of becoming literal works of art.

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