Easter Eggs

Dmitri Prieto

Russian Easter Eggs. Photo: wikimedia.commons

When my mother lived in this realm of the world, every Easter she would boil some eggs for us, along with slices of onions.  The eggs were dyed a reddish color.  That’s how she’d been taught in her native Russia.

Back in Soviet times, my mom and I considered ourselves atheists, but she would always find out what day Easter would be on and would dye eggs then.  As kids we would say “Christ resurrected!” though we barely had any idea about who this Christ guy was, not to mention a resurrection.

Certainly things changed a lot later on.

A great Iranian friend of mine explained to me that in her country they also dyed eggs, but for the Persian New Year, which occurs approximately with the springtime equinox.  Christian Easter is celebrated exactly on the Sunday after the first full moon after that same equinox.

It seems that the custom has deep pre-Christian roots among people who at some time called themselves “Aryan” (until a political strongman contaminated that old name with horrible memories of hate).  Notwithstanding, the custom was a celebration of spring, the resurrection of life after months of white snow.

Minutes before the Sunday midnight of resurrection, I started boiling four eggs – one for each member of our family (including my mother, who too will be resurrected someday).  I tossed in lots of onions.

Three of the eggs quickly became covered with an even reddish color.  One, however, maintained its whiteness, unaffected, like the color that snow gives to nature in some distant country while life sleeps through its winter dream.

Dimitri Prieto-Samsonov

Dmitri Prieto-Samsonov: I define myself as being either Cuban-Russian or Russian-Cuban, indiscriminately. I was born in Moscow in 1972 of a Russian mother and a Cuban father. I lived in the USSR until I was 13, although I was already familiar with Cuba-- where we would take our vacation almost every year. I currently live on the fifth floor of an apartment building in Santa Cruz del Norte, near the sea. I’ve studied biochemistry and law in Havana and anthropology in London. I’ve written about molecular biology, philosophy and anarchism, although I enjoy reading more than writing. I am currently teaching in the Agrarian University of Havana. I believe in God and in the possibility of a free society. Together with other people, that’s what we’re into: breaking down walls and routines.


One thought on “Easter Eggs

  • May 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm
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    Beautiful post chico 🙂

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