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Easter Traditions Recipe

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This recipe for Easter Traditions, by , is from THE BYER FAMILY COOKBOOK , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Carol Scherner
Added: Saturday, September 30, 2006


Hot Cross Buns
roast lamb

The Easter Lily
Daffodils, Narcissus, Tulips
Pussy Willows

Easter day is the Commemmoration of the Resurrection
of Jesus, with its promise of eternal life. A symbol of the
Resurrection is the egg out of which a bird hatches.
The egg is also the symbol of fertility and new life.
People also thought that the Earth itself hatched from a
huge egg. So that is why the egg was chosen as the
symbol of the resurrection.

Hot Cross Buns are a tradition derived from ancient
Anglo-Saxons who baked small cakes in honor of the
springtime goddess, Eostre. After converting to
Christianity, the church substituted the cakes with
sweetbreads blessed by the church.

Pretzels were first shaped to indicate the torso of a
person with arms folded, praying.

The sacrificial lamb goes back earlier than Easter to the
first Passover of the Jewish people. The lamb was
roasted and eaten in hopes that the angel of God would
pass over their homes and bring no harm. Christians
often refer to Jesus as The Lamb of God.

In the early days, meat was slaughtered in the fall.
There was no refrigeration, and the fresh pork that was
not consumed during the winter months before Lent
was cured for spring. The curing process took a long
time, and the first hams were ready around the time
Easter rolled around.




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