Easter is the principal festival of the Catholic Church, and celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion. Easter Sunday this year is the 12th of April. The earliest recorded observance of an Easter celebration comes from the 2nd century, though the commemoration of Jesus’ Resurrection probably occurred earlier.
The use of painted and decorated Easter eggs was first recorded in the 13th century. Eggs weren’t eaten during Holy Week so eggs laid then were special and came to be decorated. The egg itself became a symbol of the Resurrection. Just as Jesus rose from the tomb, the egg symbolizes new life emerging from the eggshell.