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Beware of Greeks Bearing…Red Eggs?

March 18th, 2013 by stephanie

There is one particular scene in the hit movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where the guests are holding up and “klinking”…their red eggs! Do you remember that? Did you even catch it?
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Many of us are familiar with colored Easter eggs, but few of us these days are familiar with the RED one.

Apparently, there are multiple versions of the legend:

  • One says that Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ.
  • A different tale boasts that after the Ascension of Jesus, Mary went to Italy to share the Gospel and was granted a meeting with Tiberias Caesar. She greeted the Emperor of Rome with “Christ has risen,” whereupon he pointed to an egg on his table and stated, “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red.” After making this statement it is said the egg immediately turned blood red.

Anyway, if you ever get the chance to tour a Greek Orthodox Church, as I once did, look for the portrait of Mary Magdalene. You will see her holding that Red Egg!
And there you have it. You’ll never watch that movie, that takes place in Chicago, about the family that owns Dancing Zorba’s , the same — ever again. 🙂

Just my thoughts.
S.

For further research, check out wikipedia.

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