Pat Shingleton: "Egg Coloring Tradition"
Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches originated the Easter tradition of coloring hardboiled eggs. This tradition represents eggs that are dyed red to represent the Blood of Christ, shed on the Cross and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ. The cracking of the hard egg symbolizes Christ's resurrection from the dead. Our Easter egg hunts in Western Pennsylvania were held regardless of the weather. It wasn't unusual to find a colored egg plugged in a pocket of mud. A review of our picture albums and scrapbooks showed my Great-Aunt, Catherine, who shared holidays with us, sitting next to the dining room window with snow drifts outside on Easter Sunday. Those snow drifts held the Easter eggs that we later found after the spring thaw.