Doug Shares The Tradition and History of Confetti Eggs [VIDEO]
Last weekend was Easter, and I brought up one of my family traditions, where we make confetti eggs. These eggs are the shell filled with confetti that you crack over people's heads for good luck, and of course, just for fun. I brought this up on the air on 92.3 BOB-FM and Denny Perkins thought this was some crazy thing that we just came up with, just like he thought about St. Nicholas Day. I can assure you, this is far from just a Sokolowski made up tradition.
In looking up some of the history of confetti eggs, it is said that this tradition started in Asia. Marco Polo saw it in his world travels and brought it to Italy, and then it really took root in Mexico. While I've always known them as confetti eggs, they are also called Cascarones. My mother was telling me last week that we started making confetti eggs in Germany when one of my neighbors were making these eggs. They told us about the tradition, showed us how to make the confetti egg and my family has done it ever since.
Making the confetti eggs is quite easy. You take your eggs and set them up, just as you would making scrambled eggs. Rather than cracking the egg in the middle, you can crack just the top of the egg and let the yolk go into a bowl. Take the cracked egg and place it back in your egg container, until all eggs are topped. You then rinse the shells out very carefully to make sure there is no more yolk or residue inside. Let the egg shells dry and then you can either color or dye the shells or just go ahead and put confetti into the shells. I like to leave the hole on top, but you can cover it with a light tissue. You are then ready to use the confetti eggs.
I did find a video of how to make the confetti eggs if you are more of a visual person.
You can have an egg toss or you can have a game similar to dodge ball and toss the egg at the person in the middle or you can play tag, except your goal is to smash the egg on top of the head of the other person, which is said to bring that person good luck.
Recently, a Spanish Class demonstrated how much fun this can be.
I have loved this tradition since I was a kid and I intend to keep doing it each Easter. If you didn't know about this tradition, I hope you start it up with your kids, grand-kids, nieces, nephews, cousins or whoever. Check out how much fun you can have with these confetti eggs.