The giving and receiving of eggs first began in France during the 4th Century A.D, when a law was passed preventing the eating of meat or eggs during Lent.
It became traditional to use up all of the household’s eggs before Lent began, establishing the tradition of Pancake Day.
Naturally, hens continued laying through Lent, leading to a surplus after the 40 day fast. People would dye or paint the eggs with pretty designs and offer them as presents and use them for Easter meals.
Many believed that if you ate an egg laid on Good Friday, you would remain fit and healthy until the following Easter.