Red Egg Tradition
The red color symbolizes the blood and sacrifice of Christ on the cross and the egg symbolizes rebirth. The first red egg that is dyed is considered to be the egg of the Virgin Mary and is saved in the home for protection against the evil eye until the next year when a new “first egg” is dyed.
Keeping this in view, what color are Easter eggs dyed in Greece?
Also, how do I make my own dye for Easter eggs?
3 Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color in a cup to achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color. Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye.
Why do we dye eggs on Thursday?
The Greek Orthodox tradition is for eggs to be dyed red on Holy Thursday in commemoration of the Last Supper, the final meal which Jesus shared with his Apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion. It is common belief that dyed Easter eggs can stay edible forty days without being refrigerated.
Place eggs in the dye and bring to a boil; cook for 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat and leave eggs in the dye until a deep red color is reached, about 30 minutes more. Transfer eggs to a wire rack to dry, about 15 minutes. Rub olive oil onto each egg to make them shiny.
Greeks adhere to the custom of dyeing the eggs red to symbolize Christ’s blood and the egg itself reminds us of His tomb. When the egg is cracked, it represents His resurrection. No Easter table is complete without them!
Unlike Christmas, it doesn’t take place on the same day every year. Orthodox churches in some countries including Greece, Cyprus and Romania base their Easter date on the Julian calendar. The Julian Calendar was designed by Julius Caesar in 45 BC – basing a year on the time it takes the Sun to go around the Earth.
Add a few drops of cooking oil (I used canola oil) to a paper towel, then rub it all over the egg. Don’t add a ton of oil or your eggs will be oily to the touch. You want just enough oil that the eggs look shiny, but the oil doesn’t wipe off onto your fingers.
People greet each other with a “Christos Anesti” and its reply “Alithos Anesti” (He has truly risen), lighting their candles along the way. People usually return home with their candles lit or go to the nearby taverna for a Resurrection dinner. Magiritsa is a lamb tripe soup served after the service.
You can use all kinds of cool stuff from nature to dye your eggs different colors. I did red eggs using both red beets and red onion skins, and the golden marbled design by wrapping the eggs in yellow onion skins. You can also mix red and yellow onion skins for a lighter golden red color.