Coloring of eggs


Easter is approaching and one of the customs of the day is painting the eggs… but also cracking! So we will see 6 different ways in which we can paint our eggs!

1. Traditional egg painting

Every Good Thursday we have a custom to paint the red Easter eggs. A tradition that symbolizes the blood of Christ who gave for the salvation of the world.

Tradition says that Mary Magdalene went to Caesar Tiberius to tell him about the resurrection of Christ. While Mary Magdalene was recounting the events to Tiberius Caesar, there was someone next to him with a basket of eggs. Tiberius looked puzzled and skeptical of what he heard from Magdalene and said that if this is true let the eggs be made of white red. And immediately the eggs turned red.

This fact has been recorded and painted on a mural in the Russian monastery of Mary Magdalene which depicts giving a red egg to Tiberius Caesar.

So every Maundy Thursday all the housewives paint the eggs. For those who do not catch up, they can also on Holy Saturday.

In some areas of our Greece when they paint the eggs they have something red (usually cloth) spread outside the house. In others, they usually put the first red egg in the iconostasis of the house to exorcise evil.

At the resurrection after Christ is Risen we take an egg and crack it, saying "Christ is Risen" and the other responds "Truly the Lord". The egg symbolizes the closed tomb of Christ, where after the resurrection the clink symbolizes the rebirth - life - that hides inside the egg.

That's why we call it Bloody Thursday or Red Thursday. The housewives used to paint them with onion peels or beets. Red as tradition dictates, the symbol of joy, the antidote to evil.

Today, however, paints have come out for convenience and in colors for happier decorations. But we always paint red "for good" and the rest optionally

For natural painting we need the following:

  • Red with beets and onions
  • Blue with red cabbage or canned blueberries
  • Green with leaves of spinach parsley and nettle
  • Yellow with turmeric or Kozani saffron
  • Orange with a few tablespoons of paprika
  • Beige with instant coffee or black tea

Now with the paint bags it becomes very easy to paint and with less egg loss.


  • Eggs (preferably white to make the color brighter)
  • 1 sachet of red paint
  • Or glass of vinegar possible
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • A little olive oil

Our eggs should have room temperature. That's why we take them out of the fridge from the night before.

  1. In a bowl empty the paint and dissolve it well with water
  2. Carefully put our eggs, salt and vinegar in a saucepan and add enough water to cover the eggs.
  3. Add the paint and open the eye at a moderate temperature.
  4. Once the boiling starts, lower them and let them boil for 20 minutes.
  5. Once they boil, we remove them from the eye and leave them for 10 minutes inside to make the color more intense.
  6. When they are painted as we want, we take them out to dry.
  7. Spread them with a paper towel soaked in olive oil.

2. Painting eggs with threads

We all love this painting because beyond tradition… we like it because even though we are older now ουμε we play like children!

So, apart from the reds that we will paint, beautiful eggs with bright colors give a lighter and happier note to the table of the brilliant !!!


  • Eggs white
  • Floss threads in various colors
  • Aluminium foil
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Olive oil

Our eggs should have room temperature. That's why we take them out of the fridge from the night before.

  1. We take the foil and cut it into strips
  2. We take the threads and spread them on the foil. (not many because they will not look beautiful)
  3. Wet our egg to get moisture and roll it on the threads.
  4. We wrap it with foil
  5. Continue until our eggs are finished
  6. Then we put them in the pot with vinegar and salt and fill the pot until all our eggs are covered.
  7. Once it boils, lower the eye and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  8. When they boil, remove them from the heat and take them out on a plate to cool together with the foil (to better seal their color.
  9. When they cool, remove them and pass them with a little oil on a paper towel.

Show off them !!!!! Admire your beautiful eggs !!! And time to be well !!!

3. Painting eggs with pastry soils

Children's favorite painting. With pastry colors that are safe, they are painted boiled and colorful.

Tradition tells us red, but who can spoil the children who want to participate in these eggs and paint their favorite colors with joy?

Soft, bright colors that we love !!


  • White eggs
  • Basic confectionery colors
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Our eggs should have room temperature. That's why we take them out of the fridge from the night before

  1. Carefully place our eggs in the pot with salt and half a glass of vinegar
  2. Once the water starts to boil, lower the temperature and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. When they are ready, remove the pot from the heat
  4. Dissolve each color separately in separate bowls.
  5. Dip the eggs in the colors we like and leave them for 5 minutes (maybe more depending on the intensity of the color we want to give).
  6. We can improvise with color combinations (eg blue and red makes us purple)
  7. Caution. The color with the water should cover the eggs, otherwise you will have to be there to turn the eggs.
  8. At the end we pass them with a little olive oil with a paper towel.

4. Painting eggs with onion peels

A traditional way that makes the eggs look like marble and the water that is created inside and the shapes make them unique and special.

They get their color from the onion peels so it would be good to first get brown eggs and a lot of onion peels for a dark burgundy color (the color of Jesus' blood)


  • Eggs in brown color
  • Onion peels
  • An old tights
  • Vinegar possible
  • Salt
  • A little olive oil

Our eggs should have room temperature. That's why we take them out of the fridge from the night before

  1. We take an egg and wrap it with onion peels very well around so that the egg is not visible at all.
  2. We take the sock and put it carefully inside so that the onion peels do not leave their place at all, and we tie a tight knot to immobilize the egg.
  3. We repeat this process for all our eggs
  4. Then we collect all the onion peels that we have left and we spread them on the bottom of the pot. (the more the more intense the color).
  5. Put the "komboloi" with the eggs on top and add 2 kg of salt and half a glass of vinegar.
  6. From the moment the boiling starts, simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. After 20 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and let the eggs cool as they are (without unrolling them)
  8. When the water cools, cut the knots and unroll the eggs from the onion peels. Admire what beautiful, unique and impressive eggs you have made.
  9. Take a little olive oil on a piece of paper and let it shine !!!

5. Eggs in napkin style

Make wonderful eggs to show off !!! The way is simple and easy !! They look like fakes and you will have every reason to be proud of them!


  • Various napkins with Easter decor or flowers
  • Lightly beaten egg white
  • 1 brush
  • Eggs white


  1. We carefully boil our eggs. After boiling, leave them to cool.
  2. We take the napkins and after removing the inside white paper we make a pouch with it in the egg. Cut as much as is left.
  3. Wrap the whole egg well and then pass it with egg white on top.
  4. Cut if there is any excess paper.
  5. Let it dry naturally.

6. Painting with markers

Let your children, after boiling your eggs, (if you find white eggs would be better) paint them with markers. To make their own designs, to let their imagination run wild and create unique eggs !!! Sit with them and you can participate by writing wishes on your eggs. Markers are the simple ones that children use in kindergarten. For the white color you can use the white pen that erases the mistakes, and to write your wishes with an indelible pen.

Congratulations!! And time to be well !!

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