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Cyprus Traditions - Red Eggs for the Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations

Posted on April 06 2018

The Greek Orthodox Tradition of Dyeing Eggs Red For the Easter Celebrations

Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations would not be complete without the traditional Red Eggs.

Traditional Greek Orthodox red eggs for the Easter Celebrations

Why do Greek Cypriots dye their eggs red for the Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations?

As part of the Traditional Easter Celebrations eggs are dyed red. The reason why Greek Cypriots dye their eggs red is simple – the eggs are a reminder of Christ’s resurrection.

Dyeing the eggs red symbolizes Christ’s blood and the egg itself is a reminder of His tomb

What do you need to dye Red Eggs for the Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations?

  • 20 Eggs
  • A large pan of boiling water
  • 2 tbsp of Red Wine Vinegar
  • Red Egg Dye (food colouring)
  • Plastic gloves to stop your hands turning red as well

How to dye Red Eggs for the Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations

  1. Mix the vinegar and red dye together in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.  
  2. Place the eggs in the boiling water and cook for 12-15 minutes until hard boiled
  3. Remove the eggs from the water and place on a rack/tray to dry.
  4. Once dry rub them with Olive Oil to make them shiny 

Traditional Orthodox Greek Easter Dyeing Red Eggs

Red Eggs for the Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations

Cracking the eggs

When the egg is cracked, it represents the resurrection of Christ. 

As families gather together for the celebration they participate in the tradition of selecting an egg then tapping it against another to see which one will crack first

Traditional Greek Orthodox Red Eggs - cracking the egg

 

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