- Nov 26, 2016
- central NC
By the mid-19th century, Easter had become a celebration period – a time of Easter fairs and various other fun-filled traditions. Here are a few of the most popular traditions and a little about their connection to our Victorian friends.
Egg rolling is a traditional game played by many at Easter and has likely been enjoyed since ancient times. I have read that it used to be known as “pace-egging” in the UK. Perhaps @Waterloo50, @Steph-GB or another of our friends from across the pond can comment. The eggs were traditionally wrapped in onion skins and boiled to give them a mottled gold appearance and children competed to see who could roll their egg the greatest distance. Egg rolling became associated with Easter when the egg did. This developed into a tradition during the Victorian period when celebrating Easter became popular in society.
Who doesn’t love chocolate Easter eggs? As eggs became associated with Easter as a Christian festival, folks started giving chocolate eggs as gifts. Chocolate Easter eggs first occur in the Victorian period, with France and Germany taking the lead in producing them. They were sold throughout the UK during the Victorian era, but were briefly known as “French-style” chocolate eggs. Cadbury’s launched theirs in 1875.
Mailing cards and postcards for various celebrations and holidays became popular in the 19th century. As various symbols of Easter became more commonplace (i.e. chicks, eggs, bunnies), they were placed on cards and postcards sent to family and friends.