Easter is originally a religious celebration which commemorates Jesus Christ resurrection and the end of Lent.

With the time, eggs or bells have been intrinsic symbols of Easter and are a source of inspiration for the chocolate industry.

Let’s start with Easter eggs! If they symbolized fertility and reborn for the Persians or Romans, they were quickly integrated into the Christian culture and became the symbol of the end of the Lent. In fact, believers stocked all the eggs produced by their chicken and offered them on Easter day. They were even painted in red, in the 13th century to symbolize Jesus blood.

During the Renaissance period, the eggs were made in noble material and precious gems and were particularly famous in Russia with Peter Carl Fabergé eggs.

The chocolate appeared in the 19th century with the development of silver cast and thanks to cocoa paste refining progress.

Easter eggs

Let’s talk now about the bells! They usually stop to ring from Thursday of Easter week. It was often told to children that the bells went to Rome to be blessed by the Pope and they bring back Easter Eggs with them when they come back (when they start to ring again on Sunday).

What about the Easter rabbit/hare? The legend is mainly known in the Germanic or Anglosaxon societies. If both are also symbols of fertility they also represent the goddess which gave the name to Easter day, that is to say the goddess Easter for English speaking people, and Ostern for german speaking people.

If today Easter day is more a commercial celebration, it is a great occasion for pregnant women or moms-to-be (or not) to fulfill their chocolate desires!