What do eggs symbolize on Easter?

Published April 4, 2021, 9:43 AM

by Gabriela Baron

Do eggs have a connection with Jesus Christ’s resurrection? Turns out there is.


According to History.com, eggs were a symbol of fertility and rebirth in pagan cultures. Early Christians also recognized the power of the egg as a symbol of new life and associated it with Jesus’ emergence from the tomb in Jerusalem.

Another explanation for the custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season or the 40-day preparation for Easter, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting.

Some traditions also believe that Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary held eggs during the crucifixion that they were eaten at the first meal after the resurrection.

Decorated eggs were first introduced in the 13th century, according to a report by Reader’s Digest, with many European countries celebrating Easter with dyed eggs, carved wooden eggs, or richly painted eggs.

Today, hen’s egg, chocolate eggs, or porcelain eggs remain the most popular gifts and decorations during Easter Sunday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.