Eggs have always been traditionally a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Pre-dating Christian traditions; a 60,000 year-old engraved ostrich egg has been found in Africa, and decorated eggs in gold and silver were commonly placed in graves of Egyptians as early as 5,000 years ago.
Historically, the first Easter Egg custom evolved from early Christians who use to stain eggs in red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. But it wasn’t until 1610 when eggs were proclaimed as a symbol of resurrection by Pope Paul V.
Although the Easter Egg tradition is to use dyed or painted chicken eggs, a more modern Easter custom has evolved – using chocolate eggs instead.
And with Easter coming up, Nairobians will be lucky enough to view an exquisite giant chocolate Easter Egg in the city. Intercontinental Hotel chefs have put final touches to a giant Easter Egg on display at the hotel throughout the holiday. The vibrant image of a Maasai family makes this Easter Egg uniquely Kenyan and a must-see this Easter.