The Resurrection of the Lord, celebrated by the Christians of Brasov, is based on ancient customs, which emphasize symbols which roots forego the Christianity. The habits and the beliefs around the painted eggs are virtually unlimited as variety and local significance. Historical and archaeological sources attest centuries before Christ the habit of making gift painted eggs at the great feasts, especially at New Year. The frequent emergence of the painted egg during the ancient ceremonies dedicated to the renovation of time valorise cosmogony concepts that compares the Universe with the egg generating life.
The Saviour Symbolism
Present to all ancient peoples, the image of the prototype egg was subsequently taken over by Christianity; the painted egg is decorated with the symbol of the Saviour who left the grave and come back to life. Nature is sympathetic with the Christological mystery, the Crucifixion, the death, the Resurrection. The eggs’ painting, a handicraft of a rare artistic refinement, combines many pre- Christian beliefs and habits. Substitute for primary divinity, the eggs are painted in the Passions Week. To play the role of substitute of the sacred character, the eggs are chosen on the Wednesday in the middle of Lent; they are boiled in the Passion Week to be crashed by violence and solemnly eaten at Easter. By this ritualistic scenario, the ancient believed time and surrounding space die and revive along with the worshiped divinity, year after year.
Before being painted, eggs are emptied of content. Initially, eggs were painted with plants in yellow - the colour of the sun on the vault of heaven - and red - the colour of the solar disk at sunrise and sunset. Today the predominant colours are red, yellow, white on black background. Later they were decorated with the image of Christ, with geometric figures specific to the Romanian art, according two fundamental principles: symmetry and alternative.
Very frequent is the figure of the solar disc with or without rays, in close connection with the ancient celebration of spring equinox, specific to the agrarian civilizations. The anthropomorphic figure appears either central or within compositions including zoomorphic figures, such as the sheppard with his sheep. The artisans specialized in eggs’ decoration participate national and international exhibitions and fairs, where they impressed the visitors.