Cascarones for Easter: Why Mexican Confetti Eggs Are an Easter Tradition by Tiffany Zook
The best part about living on the southern border is the rich Mexican traditions we get to learn about and participate in. Kids and adults alike are gearing up for another neighborhood game of "tag," but with this fun twist.
During Easter, dozens of cascarones are brought out. Children will try to sneak up and smash the confetti-filled eggshells on an unsuspecting friend. "The idea was first seen in Asia and later brought to Italy by the explorer Marco Polo. The eggs were often given as gifts and were filled with perfumed powder. The custom then traveled to Spain and was later brought to Mexico in the mid-1800s by Emperor Maximilian’s wife. It was in Mexico that the perfumed powder was replaced with confetti," reports The Austin Times.
Having a cascarone smashed on your head is believed to bring good luck. Buy them in bulk or make your own cascarones. Confetti eggs are fun for birthday celebrations, graduation parties and Cinco de Mayo.
Wishing you a colorful confetti head this Easter season!
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