- Egg tapping
The egg tapping
gameor egg fight is a traditional Easter game. The rule is very simple: to hold a hard-boiled eggand tap eggs of other participants to break them but to keep your own undamaged. 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]
Venetia Newall in her book "An Egg at Easter: A Folklore Study" quotes an early reference from 15th century Poland.Venetia Newall (1971) "An Egg at Easter: A Folklore Study", [http://books.google.com/books?id=C6M9AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA344&dq=%22egg+tapping+is%22&sig=IIONMC3CdMM6Ze5XBsnYJ4uQqHM p. 344] ]
It English folk traditions, the game has variously been known as "shackling", "jarping" or "dumping" . As with any other game it has been a subject of cheating: eggs with cement core,
alabasterand even marbleeggs have been reported.
In Holland the game is called "eiertikken". The children line up with baskets of coloured eggs and try to break those in another person’s basket. But must only break ones of the same colour as their own.see cite book
last = Polan
first = Linda
authorlink = Linda Polan
coauthors = Aileen Cantwell
title = The Whole Earth Holiday Book
publisher = Good Year Books
date = 1983
url = http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=v5ibx_jlI5QC&pg=PA151&lpg=PA151&dq=egg+rolling+Holland&source=web&ots=HSZ3Ipbsnp&sig=ulHSE3_wYq7aSoADvO-9Vl02gAY&hl=en#PPA151,M1 Google Books
isbn = 978-0673165855 ]
In Romania visitors strike red eggs against one held by the head of the household and exchange the greetings “Christ is risen!” and “He is risen indeed!” The person who keeps an unbroken egg is said to enjoy the longest life.
Christians in Bulgaria have a similar custom and may believe that the winner of the egg tapping contest will have the most health until the next Easter. The winning egg may be preserved until the next year as a token of luck and good health.cn|date=March 2008
In many places in
Louisianaegg-tapping (called egg-knocking or egg pacqueing) is a serious competition event. Marksvilleclaims to be the first to make it into an official event in 1956. In the past some cheaters used guinea heneggs, which are smaller and have harder shells. Nowadays guinea egg knocking is a separate contest category. Preparation for this contest has turned into a serious science. People now know which breeds of chicken lay harder eggs and at what time. The Chickens must be fed with calcium-rich food and have plenty of exercise. Proper boiling of the contest eggs is also a serious issue. Some rules are well-known, such eggs must be boiled tip down, so that the air pocket is on the butt end. There is also the rule that the champion must break and eat their eggs to prove they are not a fake. ["Egg tapping elevated to a high art in Acadiana" by Judy Stanford, "Daily Advertiser", Lafayette, Louisiana, April 4, 1999 ( [http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/METISGEN/2006-04/1145155719 ] )] [ [http://www.louisianafolklife.org/LT/Articles_Essays/creole_art_egg_knocking.html "If Your Eggs Are Cracked, Please Step Down: Easter Egg Knocking in Marksville"] , by Sheri Lane Dunbar, Ph.D. (anthropology), first published in the 1989 Louisiana Folklife Festival booklet]
Pace Egg play
Conkers, a similar British game with horse-chestnuts
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