All About Easter – Symbols and Traditions Reflected In Our Designs March 09, 2016 17:24
Easter is one of those religious festivals which has become very commercialised, with the supermarkets stocking hundreds of chocolate eggs. It's great fun for kids, but unfortunately, this means that some of the original meanings of the festival are now forgotten.
Easter Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which is traditionally preceded by Lent, a period of fasting. Also during Easter week Maundy Thursday marks the anniversary of the last supper, and Good Friday which marks the crucifixion of Christ. Easter Sunday takes place on 27 March this year.
We've decided to take a look at some of the symbols and traditions behind the festival, and (just for fun) we have matched the symbols up with some of our own products.
Of course, one of the most recognisable symbols of Easter is the egg. There are actually a multitude of symbolic meanings associated with this. First of all, an egg represents new life, and the rebirth of plants and animals during Spring. Secondly the egg is said to represent the shape of the stone which was used to seal Jesus's tomb, or may even represent the empty tomb itself.
We don't have any egg-shaped candles, but we do have a range of ball candles like our Orchid Fire design. This would be ideal to light during any Easter celebrations.
When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was greeted by people waving palm branches, as was customary for royalty in Roman times. Nowadays, palm leaves are used in religious processions, and are used to decorate the church.
Our Frosted Forest candle set was inspired by green leaves, and the paisley shape almost resembles a palm leaf.
Food is an important part of Easter as the feast of the Last Supper is commemorated as Jesus' last meal with his disciples before he was betrayed. There is also the period of fasting, known as Lent, prior to Easter Week itself.
Whether you've fasted for Lent, or if you want to commemorate the Last Supper, our Eat Me Drink Me teacup and saucer set is a great way to serve food or drinks.
The butterfly emerging from its cocoon is said to represent the rebirth of Christ after the crucifixion. Of course, the butterfly doesn't really die during its incubation period, it just goes through a transformation, in the same way that Jesus transformed from a man into a god-like being.
Our Bewitching Butterfly latte glass is a great way to enjoy a warm drink during Easter.
The chalice is a symbol of myth and legend, having been used by Jesus during the Last Supper. The chalice, also known as the Holy Grail, according to legend, was also used to collect Jesus' blood while he was hanging on the cross. The cup itself went missing shortly after, and the search for the Holy Grail has been subject to much speculation over the years.
Our Drunk In Love wine glass set isn't the Holy Grail, but it is coloured blood red and is perfect for enjoying a glass of wine during Easter.
We have a range of different products to suit all occasions, and you can view the full collection here. All of our items can be personalised with a name or initial, date, or a personal message. You can also choose your own colours to match your home.
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