Easter is all about the bunny and the egg. The reason why the two of them play such a big role is based in both church and pagan traditions. Easter celebrates renewal, resurrection and rebirth. The bunny and egg symbolize that. In early Christianity, the Easter egg actually was the symbol of the empty tomb of Jesus.
Before we had all the fancy Easter eggs filled with chocolate, candy, toys or even jewelry, hard-boiled eggs were just dyed or painted.
to dye eggs = Eier färben (accusative) Example: I dye the egg. = Ich färbe das Ei.
to paint eggs = Eier bemalen (accusative) Example: You paint the egg. = Du bemalst das Ei.
In newer Easter traditions, we also blow out raw eggs. Then we paint and decorate the intact eggs and hang them onto greening tree twigs.
to blow out eggs = Eier ausblasen (accusative) Example: Hans blows out an egg. = Hans bläst ein Ei aus.
Once you’ve got your eggs ready, the fun can begin. If you don’t have an Easter bunny on hand, who does the work for you, you need to hide those eggs yourself.
to hide eggs = die Eier verstecken Example: The Easter bunny hides the eggs behind the tree. = Der Osterhase versteckt die Eier hinter dem Baum.
to look for the eggs = die Eier suchen Example: The kids look for the eggs everwhere. = Die Kinder suchen die Eier überall. OR: Die Kinder suchen überall nach den Eiern.
to find the eggs = die Eier finden Example: The dog finds the eggs behind the tree. = Der Hund findet die Eier hinter dem Baum.
Oh, well too bad. They were intended for the kids…
Here are a few examples on how eggs can be prepared for a delicious meal:
boiled eggs = gekochte Eier
Based on your preference, they can be hard-boiled = hartgekocht or soft-boiled = weichgekocht.
scrambled eggs = Rühreier (das Rührei), means literally: stir eggs
egg sunny side up = das Spiegelei (die Spiegeleier), means literally: mirror egg
poached eggs = verlorene / pochierte Eier (das verlorene / pochierte Ei), means literally: lost eggs
filled eggs = gefüllte Eier (das gefüllte Ei)
What does an egg actually consist of?
We’re not going to give you a biology lesson but rather focus on the main components.
What else you do with eggs:
to peel an egg = ein Ei schälen Example: You peel the hard-boiled eggs. = Du schälst die hartgekochten Eier.
to break an egg into the pan = ein Ei in die Pfanne schlagen Example: Mom breaks an egg into the pan. = Mutti schlägt ein Ei in die Pfanne.
to crack an egg = ein Ei aufschlagen Example: She cracks an egg to fix scrambled eggs. = Sie schlägt ein Ei auf, um Rühreier zu machen.
to spoon out an egg = ein Ei auslöffeln Example: Every morning I spoon out a soft-boiled egg. = Jeden Morgen löffel ich ein weichgekochtes Ei aus.
Some yummy delights made of eggs:
egg nog / egg liqueur = der Eierlikör
pan cake = der Eierkuchen
meringue = das Baiser
Eierschecke cake = die Eierschecke (very yummy type of cake)
So that this ‘eggy’ vocabulary won’t lead to digestive issues, a few fun facts about the Easter egg:
- Germans eat on average 214 eggs per year that makes about 17 billion per year. However, during the Easter holidays they consume 3x as many!
- Only 55% of Germans hide their Easter eggs. Whether they find them later on, we don’t know…
- Ovomancy (also called ovomancy or ooscopy) is the art of fortune telling through eggs. The origins date back to the ancient Greek and Roman Empire, and were even practiced by the young girls of the Salem Village.
- The most expensive egg isn’t from hens, quails or ostriches, but is actually an 118 carat diamond. It was auctioned off for $30.6 million!
- The most favorite Easter egg hiding spots for Germans are: the gutters, hanging pots, underneath upside down planting pots, behind rain barrels, in hedges, inside of mailboxes or in even in plastic bags in ponds, among flowers, behind or in trees or even in burrows covered with grass.