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Expert Weighs In On Tradition Of Colored Eggs At Easter

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Colored eggs sit in an Easter basket. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Colored eggs sit in an Easter basket. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For many North Texas children Easter Sunday might consist of going to church and then grabbing a basket for an Easter egg hunt.

Easter eggs have been around for thousands of years. The tradition of coloring eggs for Easter began with ancient civilizations.

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture Department historian Anne Efland, “The Persians and Egyptians actually exchanged eggs that were decorated in spring colors, as a way of celebrating the spring. The early Christians sort of adopted that.”

The Christian religious implications of Easter center around a man, from northern Africa, whose life was changed as he passed by Christ during the Crucifixion.

“Simon of Cyrene, who helped carry the cross with Jesus, was an egg merchant,” Efland explained. “When he returned home after the event all of his hens eggs had turned colors, into rainbow colors.”

As for those fun baskets that children gather their eggs in, Efland says the Easter basket evolved from the Catholic Church tradition of taking dinner to Easter Mass in a basket.

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