Well, Good Friday has come round again. It's that time of year when children go hunting for Easter Eggs and then consume far too much chocolate. But just like Christmas, people are now beginning to forget what Easter actually symbolises - apart from little hens, mad march hares, sweets galore and time off work.
So I ask you, what does the Easter Egg mean to you?
I'm not really a religious person, so I won't be holding any gospel, but here's a little brief history for you to help explain why the easter egg is so special this time of year:
One legend states, when it comes to Christianity, that Mary Magdalene brought cooked eggs to Jesus's tomb, and that when she saw Jesus resurrected, they glowed bright red. Another version states that Mary Magdalene went to the Emperor of Rome to bring news that Christ has risen. The Emperor then pointed at an egg and said that "Christ has no more risen than that egg is red" to which the egg began to glow blood red.
However, the symbol of the egg dates further back, centuries before the Resurrection of Christ. It is the pagan symbol of the start of new life, a symbol of the rebirth of the earth, and celebrates the arriving Spring and all the new life it brings - hence this day also being known as 'Earth Day'.
So, no matter what your beliefs are on this subject, just remember to enjoy this Easter/Earth Day and have a wonderful time. I'm now off to enjoy my garden and eat too many easter eggs :D ...