In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, with further symbolism being found in the hard shell of the egg symbolizing the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.
Red is also the colour of life and victory. The custom of the Easter egg originated amongst the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the precious blood of Christ, which was on the cross for the salvation of all men.
Red Easter Eggs
- 1 pkt Olympian Red Egg dye
- Eggs, at room temperature
- 5 tbsp Red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp Oil
- Dissolve a sachet of Olympian red egg dye in a cup of boiling water.
- Place your room temperature (that’s important!) eggs gently in a medium saucepan 1 layer at a time.
- Cover eggs with water and add the dissolved red egg dye and 5 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.
- Boil the eggs for 20-25 minutes on low to medium heat (if heat is too high your eggs may crack!).
- Remove eggs and let cool.
- Dip a clean cloth into some oil.
- Shine the eggs using he oiled cloth.
- For a deeper red, you can add 2 sachets of Olympian red egg dye.