March 26th, 2016
Figolli are traditional Easter cookies from Malta. They’re typically made during the Lent season and given to family, friends and little ones on Easter. Figolli are similar to shortbread. They have an almond/marzipan filling and are finished off with colorful icing. Each figolla is decorated with a small candy Easter egg on top as a […]
March 23rd, 2016
In the town of Bessières, all of the chefs come out on Easter Monday to make a gigantic omelet with 15,000 eggs! They’ve been making huge omelets every year since 1972. People call it the "Omelette of Gargantua". Gargantua is a giant from a novel by François Rabelais in the 16th century. The event is […]
March 22nd, 2016
On Good Friday, two days before Easter Sunday, people of all ages in Bermuda fly their own homemade kites. It symbolizes the ascension of Jesus into heaven. The kites are made using flat sticks, glue, string and different colors of tissue paper. The shape of the kites are usually hexagonal, though sometimes octagonal or other […]
March 18th, 2016
Easter’s coming soon! Did you know that in many countries the day after Easter, called Easter Monday, is a public holiday? The map above shows in yellow all of the countries that celebrate it. There are picnics, egg rolling contests and dousing of people with water that was blessed on Easter Sunday. In Italy and […]
March 16th, 2016
Monique Palomares wrote to us about Easter cuisine in France… Down here in the South, we have the expression "faire pâquette". It means to have a picnic in the countryside on Easter Monday. The traditional dessert is a sweet omelette (beat eggs and sugar and cook it in a frying pan). A little bit North, […]
January 6th, 2016
Panettone is the bread you see sold in boxes in stores in December. It’s originally from the city of Milan in Italy. Nowadays, it’s eaten in many countries during the Christmas season… it’s also eaten for St. Stephan’s Day, New Year’s and the Epiphany (in some places it even replaces King’s Cake). Plus it’s eaten […]
April 9th, 2015
Ayako shared her impressions about Easter from Japan… Hi, Lisa This year I got some Easter sweets here in Japan. I was curious about the Easter tradition because we are not so familiar with it yet, but I knew the tradition from Mama Lisa’s blog. I was very impressed that Lisa naturally dyed […]
March 31st, 2013
My nephew Alex made this creative penguin egg for Easter! He dunked a hardboiled egg into blue egg coloring leaving the "belly" white. Then he drew on the eyes, beak and wings with a sharpie marker. How cool is that! It shows how creative you can be when dying Easter eggs. Thanks for sharing Alex! […]
December 20th, 2012
Maryann Serra was kind enough to contribute her recipe for Anise Cookies… Anise cookies are a popular tradition for Italians and other families around the world, especially during the holidays. This light fluffy cookie tastes much like licorice cake, so people who like the flavor licorice especially enjoy them. Making Italian anise cookies is fun […]
April 26th, 2012
My friend Maria Hayda, who has family from Ukraine, wrote: “Lisa, pussy willow is what we use for our Easters :) since Eastern Europe is unable to grow palm trees… My Grandmother had a huge bouquet she saved thru the decades. Now I’ve started my own bouquet.” According to Wikipedia, “The flowering shoots of pussy […]
April 20th, 2012
Easter The air is like a butterfly With frail blue wings. The happy earth looks at the sky And sings. MP3 Recording of Easter Poem by Joyce Kilmer
April 1st, 2012
A Bribe for Bunny By Marjorie Dillon I made a nest my very best, To hold my eggs from Bunny; I wish he’d hop right in and stop— Oh, wouldn’t that be funny? Some lettuce fine on which to dine I left, in hopes he’ll grab It: What fun ‘twould be, if I could see […]
December 22nd, 2011
Kourabiedes are Greek shortbread cookies that are eaten for Christmas, Easter and Christenings. Sometimes at Christmastime, they’re made with a clove in the middle to represent the spices the three magi brought to Jesus as a gift. There are many variations of these cookies – so feel free to tinker with the […]
April 25th, 2011
Larry wrote asking for help with an Italian song his grandma used to sing. Here’s his email… Hi Lisa, I think your site is tremendous. Really brought back some memories for me since my Nonna passed away 25 years ago. Just recently, my Dad, Aunts and Uncle were discussing that my great-grandmother used to sing […]
I asked Emanuela Marsura about Easter egg traditions in Italy and whether or not they dye eggs. Here’s what she wrote back: We paint eggs with aniline dyes [inedible], and also with natural coloring: red onion skins, leaves of stinging nettles, red turnips and coffee grounds. Some people paint the eggs with tempera, but afterwards […]
Here’s how to make eggs that look painted, tie-dyed and speckled. 1) Hard boil eggs 2) Make little bowls of different colored egg dyes. You can make natural egg dyes or use food coloring. If you’re using food coloring, mix about a cup of water with a teaspoon of vinegar and a few drops of […]
1. Put your eggs in a single layer in a pot. These are Large Eggs… 2. Cover with cold water. The water should cover the eggs plus go over them by an inch. Some people add salt to the water to make it easier to peel the eggs later. 3. Bring to a boil on […]
Here’s how you play the Greek Easter Egg Game… 1. Hard boil eggs and dye them red. In Greece, it’s traditional to dye eggs red for Easter. 2. Two players pick an egg. Player one clacks (taps) her egg on the top of player two’s egg. 3. Both players turn over their eggs. 4. Player […]
April 24th, 2011
Photo of Speckled Eggs We saw these wonderful marbled eggs at a restaurant we went to today. The lady said she used a paint brush.
April 9th, 2010
It’s cherry blossom season. Here’s a poem called "Loveliest of Trees" by A. E. Housman (1859 – 1936). The poem is about cherry blossoms, the quickness of life, and how now is the time to appreciate what’s around you. "Loveliest of Trees" LOVELIEST of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, […]
April 5th, 2010
It’s the day after Easter and I’m still thinking of eggs! That’s because we’re having work done on our house, so we didn’t have time to dye eggs this year. Yet I have 3 dozen eggs sitting in my fridge. We can’t forgo this Springtime custom! So, we’re going to hollow out many of the […]
March 30th, 2010
Here are links to previous posts about Easter, including customs from around the World and how to dye eggs naturally… Feel free to share your Easter customs in the comments below or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Happy Easter! Mama Lisa
March 27th, 2010
Why not make an origami bunny with your kids for Easter? Learn how in this 8 minute video…
February 11th, 2010
A while ago, we asked about gift giving traditions around the world. Nicola Holdsworth wrote to us from the UK telling us about British holiday and gift-giving traditions. Here’s what she wrote… We give horseshoes for marriage, oranges form part of the Christingle celebration, usually with candles and ribbon. 21st birthdays are sometimes symbolized with […]
April 9th, 2009
This year we didn’t have a lot of time for egg dying. So we used a PAAS egg dye kit. By the end we wanted to add a little extra pizzazz to the colors, so we put in about 5 drops of McCormack’s Neon food dyes to the different colors of PAAS dye. The colors […]
April 2nd, 2009
Look at those fluffy bunny tails! Don’t they remind you of Easter? Or at least all the white, fluffy goodness of Springtime! Click on the photo for some Green Easter ideas and read all about Easter and dying eggs naturally in these other posts… Enjoy the Season! May you see many bunnies hopping across your […]
March 13th, 2008
Christine von Kannen-Balgar sent me this fascinating letter, answering some questions I had about Easter customs in Germany: Dear Lisa, To answer to your e-mail: 1) I’ve never heard of a German custom of eating green eggs on Maundy (Green Thursday) [scroll down to the discussion of Green Dyes to see what Christine is referring […]
March 9th, 2008
Here are directions to create a marble effect on eggs. It’s an easy way to give your eggs more pizzazz this Easter. 1) Hard boil white eggs. 2) Prepare egg dyes. You can use store bought dyes (*see note below) or follow my instructions to prepare natural dyes. 3) You can dye some eggs different […]
March 3rd, 2008
During most of the centuries that people have colored eggs for Easter, the dyes used were made from natural products like onion peels, bark, beets and blueberries. Of course, it’s different today. These days, most of us use store bought tablets that make dying Easter eggs quick and easy. My children and I have enjoyed […]
February 29th, 2008
I’ve been experimenting with dying eggs naturally! The photos below show some of my results. Over the next few days, I’ll be posting easy directions to dye eggs with natural products, like fruits and vegetables, that you can follow at home. Cheers! Mama Lisa UPDATE: The directions for dying eggs naturally are online.
February 23rd, 2008
As Easter approaches, it’s natural to think a little about eggs! In days gone by the egg, due to its shape, was a symbol of the earth. Thanks to its obvious association with the beginning of life, it has also been the basis of many ancient creation stories. It has been a symbol of fertility, […]
February 22nd, 2008
In ancient Ukrainian culture, eggs were decorated in a style called Pysanka (plural ‘Pysanky’), using wax and dye. Back in Pagan times, Pysanky where thought to protect people and were placed in homes for that purpose. They were also placed in caskets to capture evil spirits. The artwork on the Pysanky has no definitive visible […]
February 20th, 2008
Guest Blogger, Ed Gawlinski, has been involved in many cultural organizations throughout his life. Here, he discusses Easter traditions in several Eastern European cultures. A common custom is to color hard boiled eggs for Easter. We usually colored them on Good Friday, while eating hot cross buns… Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns, one ha’ […]
February 19th, 2008
Guest Blogger, Ed Gawlinski, has been involved in many cultural organizations throughout his life. The season of Lent has started. Lent is a season during which Christians prepare for Easter. The English custom is to start Lent by having pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). A children’s rhyme goes with this… Pancakes […]
April 20th, 2006
(UPDATE: Here are directions I’ve written for dying eggs naturally.) I’ve been emailing back and forth with Monique, of Mama Lisa’s World en français, about Easter traditions in the US and France. I asked Monique whether or not they dye Easter eggs in France. In the US many people dye (hard boiled) eggs. Most people […]
April 15th, 2006
A Bunny is a fingerplay you can do at Easter time or throughout the year. Here are the words… A Bunny Once there was a bunny. (Make a fist with your left hand and extend two fingers for ears) And a green, green cabbage head… (Make a fist with your right hand) “I think I’ll […]
April 14th, 2006
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday in parts of England. (The other traditional Good Friday food being fish.) The song Hot Cross Buns is also sung. Here are the full lyrics to Hot Cross Buns… Hot Cross Buns Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One […]
April 13th, 2006
Here’s a fingerplay about rabbits for Easter… Easter Rabbits Five little Easter rabbits (Hold up all 5 fingers ) Sitting by the door, One hopped away, And then there were four. (Bend down one finger) Refrain Hop, hop, hop, hop, (Clap each time you say hop) See how they run! Hop, hop, hop, hop, (Clap […]
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