For this “Hotties of the Week” we are delving into the wonderful, dangerous and dark world of Myths and Legends. So sit back and enjoy my Easter gift to you all…
Eggs Easter eggs or Paschal Eggs are a very old tradition to Celebrate the coming Spirng as Eggs are a symbol of spring and new life, exchanging and eating Easter Eggs is a popular custom in many countries.
In the UK before chocolate Easter eggs were all the rage, real eggs were used, in most cases, chicken eggs. The eggs were hard-boiled and dyed in various colors and patterns. The traditionally bright colours represented spring and light
The first person in the U.K. to receive an official Easter Egg was Henry VIII. The Egg was sent by the Pope.
In 1307 Edward I’s household accounts included an entry that said
“18 pence for 459 eggs to be boiled and dyed or covered with gold leaf and distributed to the royal household.”
I think we all know all about this tradition, the eggs are hidden usually by parant’s of young children, who then go out and try and find the eggs. When the hunt is over prizes are given out for the one who found the most egg’s. The eggs used to be regular chicken eggs hard boiled and painted now it is more tardtional for the egg’s to be chocolate.
In order to enable children who suffer with visuela imparements eggs have been created that emit various noises such as clicks, beeps and music. This way all children can enjoy an Egg Hunt.
In the UK, Germany and many other countries chicken eggs were rolled down a steep hillsides at Easter and winner was the owner of the undamaged egg. In Preston, Lancashire to this day they still carry out the custom of egg rolling, Hard boiled eggs are rolled down slopes to see whose egg goes furthest.
It is said that there is a Easter Egg Roll on the lawns of the White House.
In the uk especialy in the North of England during Easter, a traditional game is played where hard boiled eggs are distributed and each player hits the other player’s egg with their own. This is known as Egg Tapping. The winner is the holder of the last intact egg. The losers have to eat their eggs.
In some countries like Sweden, Norway and Germany eggs are used as a table decoration hanging on a tree-branch
Decorating Easter Eggs is a common tradition in the UK particularly in the North of England, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Ireland. Decorated Eggs are sometimes called ‘pace eggs’ The word pace comes from the word ‘pasche’ meaning Passover.
The Egg Dance is a traditional Easter game which eggs are laid on the ground or floor and the goal is to dance among them without damaging any eggs. This game is said to originated in Germany.
In the UK the dance is called the hop-egg.
Artifical & Chocolate Eggs
The Jewelled Easter Eggs made by the Fabergé firm for the two last Russian Tsars are regarded as masterpieces of decorative arts. Most of these creations themselves contained hidden surprises such as clock-work birds, or miniature ships.
Such a rare and priceless gift is unlikely to find its way into most of our hands this Easter day, but chocolate eggs will be widely held.
The first chocolate eggs were only developed in the early 19th century when, originally in France and Germany, a blend was created that could be shaped.
In England, John Cadbury made his first solid eggs in 1842, but it was not until many years later, after a press was successfully used to separate the cocoa butter from the bean, that a finer chocolate was available, and being easy to melt and mould the result was the Cadbury Easter egg of 1875.
The first eggs were made of smooth plain chocolate and the insides were various candy’s like marzipan flowers, boxes and ribbons to decorate.
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus with the Apostles. In Britain the Friday before Easter Sunday and the Monday after are a bank holiday.
The word Maundy” comes from the French word, “Mande,” meaning “command” or “mandate” and is taken from the command given by Christ at the Last Supper, “love one another as I have loved you.”
In the UK, the Queen takes part in the Ceremony of the Royal Maundy, which dates back to Edward 1. This involves the distribution of Maundy Money to deserving senior citizens (one man and one woman for each year of the sovereign’s age), usually chosen for having done service to their community.
They receive ceremonial red and white purses which contain coins made especially for the occasion. The white purse contains one coin for each year of the monarch’s reign. The red purse contains money in place of other gifts that used to be given to the poor.
In the 17th century, and earlier, the King or Queen would wash the feet of the selected poor people as a gesture of humility, and in remembrance of Jesus’s washing the feet of the disciples. Not so surprising this doesn’t happen any more, in fact the last monarch to do this was James 2.
The Royal Mint’s Explanation of Maundy History
“…The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which has its origin in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good Friday. The commandment, or mandatum, ‘that ye love one another’ (John XIII 34) is still recalled regularly by Christian churches throughout the world and the ceremony of washing the feet of the poor which was accompanied by gifts of food and clothing, can be traced back to the fourth century. It seems to have been the custom as early as the thirteenth century for members of the royal family to take part in Maundy ceremonies, to distribute money and gifts, and to recall Christ’s simple act of humility by washing the feet of the poor. Henry IV began the practice of relating the number of recipients of gifts to the sovereign’s age, and as it became the custom of the sovereign to perform the ceremony, the event became known as the Royal Maundy. In the eighteenth century the act of washing the feet of the poor was discontinued and in the nineteenth century money allowances were substituted for the various gifts of food and clothing. Maundy money as such started in the reign of Charles II with an undated issue of hammered coins in 1662. The coins were a fourpenny, threepenny, twopenny and one penny piece but it was not until 1670 that a dated set of all four coins appeared. Prior to this, ordinary coinage was used for Maundy gifts, silver pennies alone being used by the Tudors and Stuarts for the ceremony. Today’s recipients of Royal Maundy, as many elderly men and women as there are years in the sovereign’s age, are chosen because of the Christian service they have given to the Church and community. At the ceremony which takes place annually on Maundy Thursday, the sovereign hands to each recipient two small leather string purses. One, a red purse, contains – in ordinary coinage – money in lieu of food and clothing; the other, a white purse, contains silver Maundy coins consisting of the same number of pence as the years of the sovereign’s age. Maundy money has remained in much the same form since 1670, and the coins used for the Maundy ceremony have traditionally been struck in sterling silver save for the brief interruptions of Henry’s Vlll’s debasement of the coinage and the general change to 50% silver coins in 1920. The sterling silver standard (92.5%) was resumed following the Coinage Act of 1946 and in 1971, when decimalisation took place, the face values of the coins were increased from old to new pence. The effigy of The Queen on ordinary circulating coinage has undergone three changes, but Maundy coins still bear the same portrait of Her Majesty prepared by Mary Gillick for the first coins issued in the year of her coronation in 1953…” ~ Royal Mint, 2007.
Hot Cross Buns
The most famous Easter food is the Hot Cross Bun. The first mention of these in association with Easter comes from Poor Robin’s Almanack (1733)
“Good Friday comes this month, the old woman runs, with one or two a penny hot cross buns”.
English tradition holds that a bun baked on Good Friday brings good luck to the household and will not mold. Many were kept throughout the year until the next batch would be made.
Egyptians and Romans celebrated some spring rites with small loaves baked with crosses imprinted on top, the traditional “spiced buns first became popular in Tudor days, at the same period as the larger spice loaves or cakes, and were no doubt usually made from the same batch of spiced and butter-enriched fruit dough.
For a long time bakers were permitted to offer these breads and buns for sale only on special occasions, as is shown by the following decree, issued in 1592, the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Elizabeth I, by the London Clerk of the Markets
“That no bakers, etc, at any time or times hereafter make, utter, or sell by retail, within or without their houses, unto any of the Queen’s subject any spice cakes, buns, biscuits, or other spice bread (being bread out of size and not by law allowed) except it be at burials, or on Friday before Easter, or at Christmas, upon pain or forfeiture of all such spiced bread to the poor… In the time of James I, further attempts to prevent bakers from making spice breads and buns proved impossible to enforce, and in this matter the bakers were allowed their way.”
Like their cousin, the Chelsea bun, hot cross buns were sold in great quantities by the Chelsea Bun House, writes, Alan Davidson in Oxford Companion to Food.
“ In the 18th century large numbers of people flocked to Chelsea during the Easter period expressly to visit this establishment.”
Hot Cross Bun Song
Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
one a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
give them to your sons.
One a penny two a penny,
Hot cross buns!
For the Easter Weekend here at Chicks Rogues and Scandals I will be doing a Easter Themed Weekend too, and to give you all a bit of a taste as to what is to come I have done a rather special Quote Of The week, which I am sure will be an all round winner.
So Enjoy and Stay Tuned!
Colonel Fitzwilliam’s manners were very much admired at the parsonage, and the ladies all felt that he must add considerably to the pleasure of their engagements at Rosings. It was some days, however, before they received any invitation thither, for while there were visitors in the house they could not be necessary; and it was not till Easter-day, almost a week after the gentlemen’s arrival, that they were honoured by such an attention, and then they were merely asked on leaving church to come there in the evening. For the last week they had seen very little of either Lady Catherine or her daughter. Colonel Fitzwilliam had called at the parsonage more than once during the time, but Mr Darcy they had only seen at church. The invitation was accepted of course, and at a proper hour they joined the party in Lady Catherine’s drawing room.
Pride and Prejudice