Red easter eggs

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17 March 2022  |  Culture

Why eggs for Easter?

According to legend, during ancient times, more than 5000 years ago, the Persians offered hen's eggs in early spring. The egg representing fertility and renewal.

In Europe, the day of Easter corresponds to the resurrection of Christ and Easter Sunday celebrates the end of Lent.

Lent is a 40-day period of fasting that symbolizes Christ's crossing of the desert. Also at the end of the fast, the faithful eat the eggs that they had been unable to eat during the last 40 days.

In the 15th century, eggs were decorated for Easter, and then some even contained surprises. For example, Louis XV gave Madame du Barry an egg with a little cupid inside.

It was from the 19th century that chocolate eggs appeared thanks to the development of techniques for working cocoa paste and the development of copper molds allowing the making of these chocolate eggs.

Chocolate consumption at Easter represents 20% of annual consumption in France. (source:

Chocolate easter egg


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Virginie Erre

After gaining a Masters Degree from the Panthéon Sorbonne, I worked as a real-estate agent for luxury properties and now am a manager with Pure France high quality holiday rentals. I am also a yoga instructor.

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