The History of the Faberge egg
"Peter Carl Faberge
was commissioned to create the first egg for the
twentieth wedding anniversary of Alexander III and his
wife Maria Feodorovna in 1885. Every subsequent
egg was made for Maria as a gift from her husband the
tsar of Russia. After the passing of Alexander III, his
son took up the tradition presenting his wife and his
mother with their own custom Faberge egg every Easter.
In all, 50 eggs were commissioned - to this day eight
are still missing.
Faberge was a master
goldsmith whose intricate work and eye for detail won
him the eye of his royal clientele in the first place.
And today, he is still known for his famous egg
outbreak of the war in 1912 and the subsequent massacre
of the royal family ended the production of the Imperial
Easter Eggs. Faberge's shop was destroyed, his employees
were pulled into the war and Faberge himself went into
hiding - fearing for his life.
But 42 of the eggs
survive today and when they come up at auction they
fetch many eyes and high bids."
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The meaning of the word Easter
The word 'Easter'
probably comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess 'Eostre'.
She was the goddess of the dawn, and her spring
festival was celebrated each April. This pagan festival
celebrated the return of Spring and new life.
At the same time of
the year, Christians were celebrating the 'resurrection'
of Christ. Jesus overcame death and gave us the chance
of eternal life. The new life in the natural world at
Easter time or Spring time reminds us of God's new life
The meaning of Easter Eggs
spread, it took over many of the ancient festivals - and
so many of the Easter customs have their origins in
earlier festivals. Hard-boiled eggs, with painted
shells used to be given as presents on Easter day as
symbols of new life. Easter day is a happy celebration
that Jesus is alive.
Today, we usually
buy and give chocolate Easter eggs rather than
hard-boiled painted eggs - probably because most of us
love chocolate. We give chocolates at festivals,
parties or when visiting friends - at various types of
celebration. Therefore it seems very appropriate
to have chocolate Easter eggs to celebrate!
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