Apr 6, 2010

Easter, Passover & Springtime

Easter Eggs in the techie world mean surprises hidden in the software for people to discover. They are part of the small details that make a difference for customers and a great way to get people connecting around your product. Easter Eggs are best when they are lighthearted and non-usability essential. They bring a challenge that helps keep customers engaged with the product.

But seriously what are the REAL Easter Eggs?

Eggs have been a part of springtime traditions for a very long time. Since new life came from eggs, eggs became the symbol of nature’s rebirth. Many decorated egg customs developed around the world.
These are some of them:

* Germans use green eggs as a symbol of mourning on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter.
* In China, parents might give family members and friends a red-dyed egg to announce the birth of a child.
Multi colored Easter eggs, close-up

* During the Renaissance in Italy, romantic young men tossed empty eggshells filled with perfume or cologne at young women. The custom spread to Austria, France and Spain. Later, in Mexico, empty eggshells were filled with confetti and used to make wishes. The eggshells, called cascarones, are still used today at Easter and for other happy occasions.
* For a special celebration, Japanese parents give their children eggs that are decorated to look just like the children!
* When the monarchs called tsars ruled Russia, a jeweler named Peter Carl Faberge made eggs out of precious metals and gems. The tsars gave the eggs to family members as special gifts. Today, both serious egg artists and hobbyists use less expensive materials to decorate eggs that look like the Faberge eggs.
* Using wax, many colors of dye and special designs, Slavs make very fancy decorated eggs called pysanky. Long ago, people believed that the pysanky helped keep the world going around. The beautiful pysanky are still made in modern times and some collectors display them all year.

portrait of a young woman with her three daughters holding up painted easter eggs
Decorating eggs is fun for all ages and makes a great family project. You don’t have to be a professional artist to decorate eggs. You can dye eggs simply with food coloring, special egg dyes or dyes made from natural foods. You can also paint eggs, cover them with beads or sequins and other materials or make them into faces or animals. For a family project, you can even divide the tasks assembly-line style. The youngest family members can dye the eggs. Older children, teens and adults can paint or glue decorations on the dyed eggs.

Thank you to http://www.incredibleegg.org for this great Easter article.
Happy Spring break!

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