In what country did the practice of coloring eggs for Easter originate?
The practice of dyeing eggs for Easter originated in Greece where the custom is a deeply felt religious ritual. The eggs are dyed on Holy Thursday (the Thursday preceding Easter Sunday) and are eaten after midnight mass on Holy Saturday as a way of breaking the Lenten fast. In Greece, Easter eggs are always dyed red, symbolizing the blood of Jesus Christ, while the egg itself represents life and regeneration. In some parts of northern Greece, the eggs are also hand painted with figures, often of birds—a symbol of resurrection.