Happy Easter

Medieval people anticipated the arrival of Easter. 

Why?  Easter came with feasting.  After six long weeks of fasting, penance, and prayer, abundance at table was more than welcome.

 Lent is a time for penance.  Easter, a time to rejoice, although whether medieval folk truly celebrated The Resurrection or just the freedom to eat something other than fish can be debated.

Coastal people had the pleasure of fresh fish, but much of northern Europe subsisted on salt herring for Lent’s duration.  Some areas were so strict about the no meat policy any animal product was forbidden, including milk, cheese, butter, and, of course, eggs. 

It was customary throughout Christian Europe for the eating of eggs to be prohibited during Lent.  After Shrove Tuesday, eggs would disappear from the menu only to return, hard-boiled (because waste is sinful), on Easter Sunday. 

And, thus, hard-boiled eggs became traditional for the Holy Day.

Wishing you and yours a happy, blessed, and mouth-watering Easter!

(For further details, you can read Fast and Feast, Food in Medieval Society by Bridget Ann Henisch)

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