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 Consecrated eggs were used by Christians in church ceremonies until the 4th century, when eggs became forbidden during Lent.  However as spring was the peak laying time for hens there was an excess of eggs.  This led to the practice of hard boiling and decorating them in bright colors as a gift for children on Easter Sunday, the end of the Lenten fasting.

Source: http://www.cadburyworld.co.uk

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