Coloring Easter eggs is one of my favorite family traditions. Every year we get the family together (this year via video conferencing) and dye Easter eggs together. I have a running competition with all of the kids to see who can make the ugliest Easter egg. This involves soaking them in each color for way too long until you end up with an oddly beautiful brown egg.
While dying and painting eggs seems like a strange tradition. Most likely this practice pre-dates the Christian religions and goes back to Pagan times. Eggs symbolize new life and rabbits symbolized fertility. Both of these symbols are common in today’s Easter traditions. During the Spring Equinox the Druids would paint eggs red and bury them to encourage the land (and the Sun God) to provide abundance.
When the Christians adopted this tradition the eggs symbolized Christ’s resurrection and initially were dyed red to symbolize the blood he lost on the cross. There’s lots of symbolism with the egg, the hard shell represents the tomb that Jesus was buried in and cracking it represents his rising from the dead. The Easter Egg roll is also believed to represent the rolling of the stone away from Jesus’s tomb.
Historically the Christians would abstain from eggs during their Lenten fast and the first chance to eat eggs would be on Easter. This was especially important to the poor because they typically couldn’t afford meat and the end of the fast was a joyous occasion. Orthodox Christians still follow this medieval practice of abstaining from eggs and dairy during Lent.
This maze was inspired by the Eastern European tradition of the Pysanky. Pysanky are the highly decorated eggs that are popular in Poland, Ukraine and other Easter European countries. Pysanky translates to “writing” in Ukrainian and it’s the process of writing on eggs with hot wax and then dying with multiple colors. I thought these beautifully detailed eggs would be the perfect subject for my next maze.
Above is the maze in process after I completed the marker outlines and before I finished the color. This maze was one of the more enjoyable mazes to create and allowed me to add an additional game element to make it more challenging. I have incorporated similar game elements into my fishing lure maze, gondola maze and some of my other puzzles.
As I was coloring in this maze I realized that the process was quite relaxing and thought that others may enjoy this process. I have been asked before to post the un-colored maze so that people can use them as coloring pages. Since the adult coloring books are so popular I thought people may want a version without the color. The below image links to a PDF version of this maze without the coloring.
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