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Does Easter Egg have any significance beyond being for fun and celebration around Easter time?

The Easter Egg is of an ancient origin. The egg was an important symbol in the mythologies of many early civilizations, including those of Egypt and India. Some believed that the universe developed from a large egg and that the halves of its shell corresponded to Heaven and earth. Eggs were traditionally seen as a symbol of new life. They were connected with the springtime fertility rituals of many pre-Christian and Indo-European peoples. Those civilizations ate eggs during their spring festivals and used their shape in decorations to show fertility. Both the Egyptians and the Persians made a practice of coloring eggs in the spring.

If you visit the church named after Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem, you will see a great painting on the wall depicting Mary Magdalene holding an egg in her hand.
Eastern tradition tells us that after the Ascension, Mary Magdalene journeyed to Rome where she was admitted to the court of Tiberias Caesar. After describing how poorly Pilate had administered justice at Jesus' trial, she told Caesar that Jesus had risen from the dead. To help explain his resurrection she picked up an egg from the dinner table. Caesar responded that a human being could not rise from the dead more than the egg in her hand would turn red. Immediately the egg in her hand turned red. She is portrayed holding the red egg in art.

The egg hunt is related to the fact that hares and rabbits frequently have multiple births; possibly laying eggs everywhere on the grass.Thus they became a symbol of fertility; and hence the custom of an Easter egg hunt began. Today it is a fun game for the children.
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