Easter cascarones are a fun spin on the typical egg hunt. Photo by Flicker user longhorndave/ Creative Commons
Easter Sunday reminds me of times my family and I would bond when I was younger.
Making ‘cascarones’, or confetti-filled colored eggshells, was a Mexican childhood tradition my family had for us growing up. My cousins and relatives would gather on Easter Sunday, cook amazing dishes, and join in on Easter activities.
Every egg was decorated in vibrant colors to our childish likings and filled with colorful confetti. Some had faces while others had bunnies. Some were pink, others blue.
During our egg hunts, cascarones were placed throughout our backyard adding more fun to our celebration. Parents and neighbors enjoyed seeing us running around as we tried to crack these confetti-filled egg shells on each other’s heads””an action signifying good luck.
Traditionally, this craft originated in China and slowly traveled into Mexico and Latin America from Europe. Although cascarones are usually made during Easter, they can be seen in other celebrations or holidays such as birthdays, weddings, Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Dead.
To create your own cascarones, follow these steps:
1. Tap the top of an egg to create a small hole.
2. Empty the egg whites and yolk out of the shell.
3. Wash out the empty eggshell.
4. Once dry, paint the outer shell and decorate as you please.
5. Pour confetti inside the empty eggshell.
6. Seal the egg with a small piece of tissue paper by gluing the edges.
This post was originally published in 2013.