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Traditionen und Bräuche an Ostern sind oft nicht nachhaltig

Easter traditions - often not the yellow of the egg

The countdown is on: April 17th is Easter Sunday. Paint a few more eggs, buy the Easter lamb and take chocolate consumption to the next level? Many of us cling to traditions without questioning them. Some of them have an unsightly impact on our climate. In this article you will find out why some customs have established themselves and how you can celebrate an uncompromisingly good party:

Facts about Easter

Did you know that not Christmas, but Easter is the oldest and most important Christian festival? According to surveys, less than 20% of Germans go to church for Easter mass, but gifts are very popular with everyone. Almost 80% of those surveyed prepare their loved ones a present for the holiday and at least as many decorate their homes for Easter.

Easter is also the high season for chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies: more sweets are bought in the week before Easter than in any other week of the year! As the most popular Easter present, the sweet bunnies even overtake chocolate Santa Claus at Christmas time.

The toy industry also benefits from the traditional public holidays. Because in addition to chocolate, small gifts such as toys are increasingly finding their way into Easter baskets.

And then there are all the eggs...

Easter with children and nucao

Egg, egg, egg - where does the Easter egg custom come from?

Eating Easter eggs, blowing them out, painting them, looking for them - why is the egg celebrated so much?

On average, every German eats over 200 eggs a year. In the Easter season even 75% more - not counting the chocolate egg.

The appreciation of eggs has its origins in the Middle Ages. During Lent before Easter, meat and egg dishes were forbidden by the Church. As a result, and because hens have a good laying season in the spring, large numbers of eggs accumulated. To keep them from spoiling, they were boiled and preserved.

Some of them were beautifully decorated and taken to church or served as gifts and rewards for well-behaved, hard-working children. The egg is still considered a sign of new life and a symbol of resurrection.

It got really colorful from the 12th century onwards when the eggs were painted. Mainly in the color red, as a sign of the blood of Christ. In addition, the eggs were painted and decorated with a variety of techniques. This tradition has continued to this day.

And who hides the eggs? The Easter Bunny himself, of course...

Dye Easter eggs sustainably

What does a rabbit have to do with Easter?

The rabbit has become THE symbol for Easter. But why actually? If you take a look at the historical tradition, it wasn't just the bunny who was the Easter messenger. Depending on the region, the fox, raven, stork, cuckoo or Easter hen have also taken on this role.

It is not clear why the Easter bunny was able to prevail in the end. However, there are some assumptions, such as the popular version of the failed Easter bread: the traditionally baked Easter bread in the shape of a lamb was once deformed so much in the oven that it more closely resembled a rabbit.

Another possibility why the Mümmelmann became an Easter symbol: rabbits are - just like hens and eggs - a sign of fertility. Because the animals that have their first offspring in the spring after the long hibernation are the rabbits.

Celebrate Easter without plastic

Different countries, different Easter customs

Easter customs are not the same everywhere. In Sweden , for example, it is not the rabbit who hides the eggs, but the Easter chick.

The Easter bunny is also being replaced in Australia : by the Easter bilby, a native animal with large ears and soft fur. Hares were released there in the 19th century by European immigrants as hunting prey in the Australian bush. Due to their strong reproduction, they quickly became a threat to nature. Under the motto "bilbies, not bunnies", the Australian nature conservation association Anti-Rabbit Research Foundation is trying to replace the discredited hare with the native bilby.

In Finland and the Czech Republic , on the other hand, people hit each other on the back with a Birkenstock on Easter. The stick is intended to symbolize the palm frond with which Jesus was welcomed when he entered Jerusalem.

In Poland , on the other hand, things are getting wet and merry. There people spray themselves with water, while in Bulgaria raw eggs are thrown against church walls or at family members. If the eggs remain intact, good luck for the coming year.

So-called "egg shackling" is very popular in Great Britain : children write their name on a raw egg, then place it in a colander with other eggs and then pour it until only one egg is left intact. Whoever owns this egg will be rewarded with extra luck.

Why many Easter traditions are not the yolk of the egg

Chocolate? Let's celebrate too. But wrapped in several layers of aluminum and plastic and also filled in a plastic bag? Then we lose the pleasure. The motto seems to be: double is better. Because many Easter sweets produce more packaging waste than chocolate. And sooner or later it ends up in the environment. In addition, conventional sweets are usually packed with cheap, low-quality ingredients such as palm oil, milk and milk powder. The rainforest is being destroyed more and more for the production of palm oil and the high consumption of milk fuels factory farming and climate change in equal measure.

Easter - the celebration of plastic waste and pollution?

In addition, a proper feast is served to almost every third person. Fish on Good Friday and lamb on Easter Sunday seem indispensable.

Only chocolate consumption has increased faster than meat consumption during the holidays: 1.1 kg of chocolate per household! So twice as much as the usual annual average. The cocoa used poses another problem: With conventional chocolate, it is sourced so unfairly that the farmers on the cocoa plantations can hardly make a living.

In addition to the chocolate, short-lived plastic toys join the Easter basket. And with it mineral oil, which is hidden in many game characters.

Plastic eggs are bad for the environment

And the popular colored Easter eggs? They are often treated with synthetic paints that contain substances that are hazardous to health. The Easter decorations are also often made of plastic and leave behind more waste than a festive mood.

Phew... do we have to do without Easter now? Of course not! We wouldn't be the nu company if we didn't give you a solution.

Easter candy with no regrets? That's how it's done:

Let's not give up chocolate, but plastic and animal ingredients. Because with our products , enjoyment and a clear conscience can also be combined on the public holidays:

- incomparably delicious

- vegan

- organic

- climate friendly

- fair

and contribute to the reforestation of the forests.

Just in time for the festival, limited special editions hop into our Easter baskets. Above all our nucao Bunny . The cocoa is 100% fair trade and thus supports everyone involved - even at the beginning of the supply chain. It proudly jumped into the sustainable cardboard box and hid a surprise there: a rabbit coloring picture to color in and cut out.

So that filling the nests is particularly stress-free, we have put together a variety of bundles for you. Enjoy, secure proteins, bake, give away or hide - there is something for everyone here in varied bundles

Get uncompromisingly good values ​​home now. For an Easter as it should be.

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