To tell of Easter is to speak of hope.
As well it should be. For the holiday celebrates a promise of new life and the resurrection of one—that of Jesus Christ. His story unfolds from each pulpit on Easter Sunday, but also the days leading up.
The Thursday before hosts what’s known in England as the Royal Maundy. Each sovereign tailors the event in some way. During Queen Victoria’s reign, she determined the event be held at Westminster Abbey. It is there that she addressed the congregation and upheld the tradition of distributing something much more precious than candy. . .
Minted for the celebration of the Royal Maundy, the legal tender was originally gifted with clothing and food. Since then, recipients of the Easter money treasure it rather than trade. Each set is valued at 10 pence and comprised of 1, 2, 3, and 4 pence.
Tradition dictates each pouch of maundy coins equal the reigning monarch’s age. Thereby, the chosen recipients receive several complete sets and partial sets depending on the year.
Again the King or Queen’s age is taken into account when selecting recipients and are no more or less than the number. With that taken into account, fewer than 120 people receive mintage on Easter Thursday.
It is most assuredly a priceless honor.
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Alexander III wished to present his wife with an Easter egg she wouldn’t soon forget.
He commissioned jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, but did little to supervise the design aside from initial instruction. That left Fabergé to his own creative devises.
It needed to be resplendent. . . More than that though, it needed to be reminiscent, something to take the Tsarina’s mind off the many assassination attempts. His inspiration came from better days of her childhood in Denmark.
Ivory was chosen as the shell and made for a great reveal of a golden yolk on Easter morn. Maria Fedorovna treasured her gift. The Hen Egg (as it has come to be called) introduced a crowning tradition of the Romanovs.
For from 1885 to the fall of their reign in 1917, The House of Fabergé delivered an ornate Imperial Easter Egg. Design was left the the craftsmen with only one stipulation: each egg must contain a surprise.
Hot Cross Buns
The history of making hot cross buns on Good Friday has persisted throughout the centuries and was a favorite Eastertide tradition of the Victorians. Sharing of a hot cross bun was thought to solidify a friendship, hence the old rhyme: Half for you, and half for me, between us two good luck shall be.
Past the lace frosting, an opening on a sugar mold reveals a better world inside the sugar egg. Miniature flowers of icing, nests, and candy rabbits stage a perfect spring.
Speculated to be inspired by the Fabergé Imperial Eggs, no true history confirms its origins.