10 Easter Egg Traditions You’ve Never Heard of
Easter traditions have shifted through centuries and vary greatly from country to country. Here are some Easter egg traditions you've never heard of before.
Eggs Rolls are Symbolic of the Rolling Away of the Stone from Christ’s Tomb
Egg rolls, like the one that takes place every year at the White House, go back hundreds of years. The U.S. started hosting an egg roll back in 1814 with James and Dolley Madison. Kids in the U.S. use a wooden spoon to keep an egg rolling while in Scotland kids try to have their egg roll the farthest.
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In Germany there is an old game where people dance around eggs and damage as few as possible.
Plant the idea of starting a garden with an egg carton.
Egg tapping takes place throughout the world in different forms. In egg tapping people grab an egg and tap the pointed end against someone else’s egg. Whoever’s egg doesn’t break is thought to have good luck for the next year.
Egg Tile Rolling
Sweden puts a twist on egg rolling by rolling eggs down a roof tile held at an angle to the ground to see whose egg goes the farthest. If someone’s egg gets hit, they get to keep their egg and the egg that hit theirs.
Just don’t grab a tile from your roof to play the game. Make sure your roof is holding up by learning the warning signs.
Giant Chocolate Egg
Argentina puts on a big Easter egg celebration each year when it unveils the Huevo de chocolate in Bariloche. The hollow chocolate egg uses more than 17,500 pounds of chocolate and stands nearly 30 feet tall. Around 50,000 people turn out each year and get to eat some of the egg after it gets cracked open with a pick ax.
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Mexican Easter Egg Showers
In Mexico and parts of the southern U.S. a custom is to hide hollowed out eggs filled with confetti. Once the eggs are found they can be broken over peoples’ heads and the confetti rains down. The hollowed out eggs are called cascarones.
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In Poland families prepare blessing baskets filled with colored eggs, sausages, bread and other food the day before Easter to bring to a priest to get blessed. Lent isn’t over until a priest blesses the basket.
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Chocolate Egg Begging
In Finland, children dress up like witches and go begging for chocolate Easter eggs from door-to-door. They also carry willow twigs, wear scarves over their head and make-up their faces.
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Easter brunch takes on a different look in Haux, France where each year a giant omelet gets made on Easter Monday. The omelet uses 4,500 eggs for around 1,000 people. According to legend, the tradition stems from Napoleon when he and his army stopped in a small town to get omelets. He ordered the town to gather their eggs and make a giant omelet for him and his army the next day.
You probably don’t have to feed 1,000 people but don’t keep visitors waiting on an omelet with a dirty skillet. Check out the best way to clean a cast iron skillet.
Photo: Courtesy of Agnès Landou/My French Life
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