Back then, the rules for fasting during Lent were much stricter than they are today. In Mesopotamia children secured during the day period following Easter day as many eggs as possible and dyed them red, "in memory of the blood of Christ shed at that time of his Crucifixion"--a rationalization. Decorating eggs for Easter using wax resistant batik is a popular method in some other eastern European countries. The sculptures on the walls of Persepolis show people carrying eggs for Nowruz to the king. Video Loading Video Unavailable.
Skip to main content Skip to search. For a secret message hidden in media, see Easter egg media. Painted eggs are used at the Iranian spring holidays, the Nowruz that marks the first day of spring or Equinox , and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. In the North of England these are called pace-eggs or paste-eggs, from a dialectal form of Middle English pasche.