Cascarones ~ Confetti Eggs
I feel it is so important to incorporate traditions and family time whenever I get the chance.
This year with the help of a wonderful friend/Auntie/grandma/mom (this person is everything to our family), we were able to celebrate a Spanish Easter tradition for the first time. It’s called Cascarones, also known as confetti eggs.
Cascarones are eggs that have been cleaned out and filled with confetti or even tiny little toys. These fun-filled eggs once decorated and filled; are then thrown or crushed over the head of your friends or family. It is thought to bring good luck. My kids thought it was just loads of fun to “break” an egg on their siblings head without getting in trouble or hurting anyone.
Cascara means eggshell in Spanish. It is widely believed the tradition came from China. Although, there are many different ideas of where the tradition originated from. Some say it started in Italy then was brought over to Spain and then eventually brought to Mexico. There are so many different things to read about this lovely tradition you can start by looking here or here or even here. This wonderful fun celebration seems to have continued on in Latin America and in Spain.
This festive custom is not only used at Easter but also at birthdays, Halloween, Cinco de Mayo and even weddings. I think it is a fun thing to do anytime you want to get creative and silly with your kids, family and friends. Part of the tradition says breaking the Cascarones over someones head brings good luck to the one having it broken on their head as well as the one doing the breaking 😉
Making the Cascarones is really fun and pretty easy to do
Here’s what you’ll need:
Eggs as many as you would like to make
Pin or knife to make opening
Any type of decoration supplies you want to use. Egg dye, crayons, glitter, stickers, pens etc….
Confetti store-bought, hole punch or cut up paper
Plain sheet of paper
Making the Cascarones:
You will need to start by hollowing out your eggs. you can do this by making a pinhole in the larger end of the egg or even taking a knife and making a bigger hole.
Once the eggs are emptied you will need to clean them out really well. You can use just a speck of bleach if you’d like. Set them aside and let them dry.
Decorate the eggs any way you’d like. Depending on what the occasion is you can get really inventive with how you want your eggs to look. Remember they are pretty fragile so be gentle.
When you are done decorating and the eggs are dried; fill the eggs with confetti (store-bought, homemade whatever you want to put in them). You can make the hole a little bigger if you need for filling. Just remember you don’t want it too small where it’s hard to fill and you don’t want it too big when you are covering it. If you want to keep the hole as small as possible use a plain sheet of paper and make a little funnel to put the confetti in.
Now that your eggs are filled with the confetti take some glue; like school glue or craft glue and put a little around the hole opening that you made on the egg. Take a small piece of tissue paper and place on top of the hole. Press lightly, let it dry.
Your Cascarones are ready to be cracked or just displayed.
Have you make Cascarones or seen them before? What other fun festive things do you like to create?
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