- Egg hunt
Egg hunt is a
gameduring which decorated eggs, real hard-boiled ones or artificial, filled with or made of chocolate candies, of various sizes, are hidden in various places for children to find. The game may be both indoors and outdoors. The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earthin Pagancelebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christiansas a symbol of the rebirth of man at Easter. [ [http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/EA816EE5D35EB8258025714700320280/$file/History+of+the+Easter+Egg.pdf Warwickshire County Council: The history of the Easter egg] Retrieved on 2008-03-17] Traditionally the game is associated with Easterand Easter eggs (Easter egg hunt), but it has also been popular with spring time birthday parties. [http://books.google.com/books?id=yWRr8MnGI7EC&pg=PA119&dq=%22egg+hunt+is%22&sig=SAaAPXU51E-5jzyjq4PAYipAwJg#PPA119,M1 "An April Birthday Party"] , by Margaret Remington, " The Puritan," April-September 1900.]
When the hunt is over, prizes may be given out for various achievemenet, for the largest number of eggs collected, for the largest of the smallest egg, for the most blue/red/etc. eggs,
consolation prizes, booby prizes, etc.
Real eggs may further be used in
egg tappingcontests. If eggs filled with confettiare left from Mardi Gras( cascarones) were used, then an egg fight may follow.
Eggs are placed with varying degree of concealment, to accommodate children of varying ages. In South German folk traditions it was customary to add extra obstacles to the game by placing them into hard-to reach places among
nettles or thorns.Venetia Newall (1971) "An Egg at Easter: A Folklore Study", [http://books.google.com/books?id=2KU9AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA324&dq=%22egg+hunt%22+newall&sig=jwcpBo2S6A8AppAbnBEpegNHtrI#PPA323,M1, p. 323] ]
Egg hunts are a subject of the
Guinness Book of World Records. For example, Homer, Georgia, United Stateswas listed in 1985 with 80,000 eggs to hunt in a town of 950 people (no longer a record).
Secularists in the United Statespromote the religion-neutral term spring egg hunt. Fact|date=August 2008 The corresponding renaming of the traditional annual Easter Egg Hunt events in many places sparked a controversy which prompted Stephen Colbertto run a talk segment "Easter Under Attack" in his satirical show The Colbert reporton Comedy Central. [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/03/11/MNGGVOJC0H1.DTL "Chocolate Bunny meltdown"] , " San Francisco Chronicle," March 11, 2007] A similar Christmas controversywas widely discussed in media in 2007, when a campaign was carried out to replace, e.g., " Merry Christmas" with "Season's Greetings". All these renamings are related to the fear of being criticized for spending public money on events which may be seen as religious by secularists and hence contradictory to the laws of separation of church and state.
Pace Egg play
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