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PostSubject: Re: Easter History   Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:21 pm

Natural Dyes
For Easter Eggs
Red - Save the skins from red onions and boil with the eggs for 1/2 to 1 hour. Remember the more skins you use and the longer you soak the darker the color will be. A smaller amount of skins will produce a nice lavender.
Pink - Soak your hard boiled eggs in cranberry juice or the juice from pickled beets.
Violet Blue - Soak your hard boiled eggs overnight in hot water to which you have added violet blossoms.
Lavender - Soak your hard boiled eggs in grape juice, or, add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice tot he Violet Blue water to lighten the color.
Yellow - To a cup of hot water, add 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of Tumeric and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar.
Golden Tan - Save the skins from yellow onion. Add them to the water when you hard boil your eggs.
Brown - To a cup of hot water, add 1 Tablespoon of instant coffee, and 1/2 teaspoon Vinegar.
Green - Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to a bowl of the water from Violet Blue before soaking your eggs. You can also soak your eggs in liquid Chlorophyll. (buy it at the pet store or drug store.)
Pretty Pastels - You can rub blueberries and cranberries right on the shells for soft blues and pink. Blend them for another pretty result.
Usually the more of the natural ingredient you use and the longer the egg soaks, Maybe even overnight the darker the color will be
REMEMBER THOUGH ......Not all of these eggs are safe to eat. Do not eat eggs that sit in hot water for many hours or overnight. Save those eggs for Decorations.
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PostSubject: Re: Easter History   Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:23 pm

Easter Flowers

Easter Lillies
Who doesn't love to have the nice white lily as part of the Easter gift?
In fact, the lovely white trumpet lily has been enjoying a great favor in being included as a principal item for church decoration for quite some time. A perfect gift of nature to beautify our Easter. Isn't it?

But its acceptance in America, as such, dates back around the 1800s. It came in with the rise in the Easter observances by the Protestants in America. And, strange, it took some more time to find a widespread acceptance. For, the early Americans those days were not used to seeing a lily waiting to be picked up for the Easter decor. The native American lilies, for example, the garden or, Madonna lily, bloom in the early summer. Though it could be forced to bloom earlier using the hothouse conditions, the hassles associated did not allow it to be accepted widely. And custom did not find a widespread growth until a lily was imported.

In the 1880s, while in Bermuda, Ms Thomas P Sargent became familiar with a beautiful lily that blooms naturally in springtime. She just fell for this lovely white 'Bermuda' lily. She brought its bulbs in back home in Philadelphia. There, a nursery man, called William Harris, fostered its popularity among other florists. Following this it did not take long for the flower to win the hearts of million to be the main flower of the Easter floral arrangements.

As every Flower Lover knows, Flowers have a Language of their Own. Every Sentiment is expressed in one form or another by these Fragile Blooms. Flowers have different meanings to different people, And many disagree on 'True Meanings' But here are some Traditional Meanings

Azalea-Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood.
Begonia-Beware
Chrysanthemum (general)-You're a Wonderful friend, Cheerfulness and Rest
Chrysanthemum (White)-Truth
Chrysanthemum (yellow)-Slighted Love
Daffodil-Regard, Unrequited Love, You're the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I'm with You
Hyacinth (purple)-I am Sorry, Please forgive Me, Sorrow
Hyacinth (red or pink)-Play
Hyacinth (yellow)-Jealousy
Hyacinth (White)-Loveliness, I'll Pray for You
Lily (white)-Virginity, Purity, Magesty, It's Heavenly to be with you.
Lily (yellow)-I'm walking on Air, False and Gay
Tulip (general)-Perfect Lover, frame, Flower Emblem of Holland
Tulip (red)-Believe Me, Declaration of Love
Tulip (variegated)-Beautiful Eyes
Tulip (yellow)-There's Sunshine in Your Smile.
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PostSubject: Re: Easter History   Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:49 pm

Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday-- also referred to as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake day in Ireland, Australia and English speaking countries of the United Kingdom.

It is customary to eat pancakes on this day, because for centuries the English had feasts of flatcakes to use up their supplies of fat, butter and eggs before Lent.

The ringing of the church bells early on the morning of Shrove Tuesday became known as Pancake Bells.
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