The Story of Cascarones

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Eggs are hollowed out, cleaned and stuffed prior to the celebration.
Eggs are hollowed out, cleaned and stuffed prior to the celebration. (Image: easter egg image by ivan gusev from Fotolia.com)

Similar to the tradition of dying eggs at Easter, cascarones, also known as confetti eggs, are believed to bring good fortune or luck to the recipient of the egg.

Meaning and History

In Spanish, cascaron or cascara which means “egg shell.” The yolk and white are drained from the egg through a small hole made on one side. The shell is then washed and dried prior to being painted and filled, then reglued before its use. Some believe that Marco Polo brought the tradition of the cascarón from Asia to Spain and Mexico; however, the exact origins of the cascarón are not known.

Purpose

The hollowed out eggs are filled with confetti or small toys. After decorating the cascarón, it is thrown or crushed over another person’s head to bring good luck.

Use

Cascarones are used at Easter, birthdays, weddings and other celebrations, such as the 5th of May (Cino de Mayo) and the Day of the Dead on November 2. Cascarones have also become common for feistas or carnivals in the United States, particularly in the southwest due to the influence of Mexico.

Symbolism

A cascarón, although believed to bring luck, is also believed to represent Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb, just as a baby chick breaks through its shell.

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