Hanukkah Eggs and Birds
In Lithuanian tradition, the egg is a symbol of life, a decorated egg is a symbol of a beautiful life. The bird is a symbol of freedom. In Jewish tradition, the egg also signifies life and good luck, and the bird—divine presence and freedom. There are 18 flames, for the Festival of Lights, on each wing and on the tail. The chai symbol on the egg, as well as the 18 flames, signify good luck, life and longevity. The pattern on the egg is done in blue and white: blue signifying divine glory and protection as well as heaven, white signifying holiness and purity. The silver and gold flame on the egg represents the eternal light, which is symbolic of God’s presence during the Festival of Lights. The Star of David on the egg signifies good luck, honor and Jewish identity. R. P.