Then, during the second century AD, Christian missionaries who came to convert the northern tribes of Europe, realised that the Christian celebration of that time of the year corresponded to the pagan traditional Spring revelries of victory over death, rebirth of nature, etc. and the profane symbols were gradually amalgamated to the Christian Easter festivities.
Why eggs ?
Since the dawn of times eggs have been a symbol of fertility, of new life. This is why ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians and Romans used eggs at this time of the year as a symbol of rebirth. Christians who observed lent, during which eggs are proscribed, boiled them or preserved them in other ways. That is why once lent comes to an end, eggs become a food of choice that was over time decorated, hidden and eventually made of chocolate.
In Germanic traditions, rabbits and hares have always been symbols of fertility.
A traditional children’s story even tells of rabbits that lay egg the little ones have to go and look for in the garden
German immigrants in America, to Pennsylvania in particular, have brought that tradition with them.
Why chocolate ?
No particular religious or traditional reason. Just for the pleasure, even if this 18th century chocolatiers’s invention has become a worldwide tradition since the 60′
So you see, you don’t have to eat chocolate to honor the traditions of Easter!
Can I have some?
OF COURSE! At LebootCamp, love to indulge! Treat yourself, chocolate is good for you (I myself eat chocolate EVERY DAY!). Just remember to be active the day before and the next day. If you happen to come across some really good chocolate (a rare thing), enjoy! However, if the quality is poor, I would pass and save myself for only the VERY BEST.
Remember, the darker and less processed the chocolate, the richer it is in powerful antioxidants (the same as those found in wine!). But if you like white chocolate (which is hardly chocolate at all), please don’t punish yourself. Pleasure is an important part of life. Those who know me well know my weakness for Galak (purists, hush your cries! I know it isn’t “proper” chocolate .
However, you nothing says you have to eat chocolate, you can also enjoy this wonderful product in beauty treatments without having to carry it on your hips afterwards
A guilt free recipe just for you…
Here is this week’s creation (posted separately so you can find it easily in the future), a Raw chocolate and Turmeric Smoothie. Or how to treat yourself and be healthy at the same time, or should I say have your chocolate and eat it 🙂
Isn’t life beautiful?