Smashing Eggs: Easter 2012

If you've come across the new JCPenny catalog recently, then you may have gotten a glimpse into how we'll be spending part of our Easter Sunday:


Yes, we will be smashing eggshells filled with confetti on the heads of complete strangers.

For years I've heard friends, colleagues, and acquaintances speak about "Easter at Maria's" like folklore or legend: only happens once a year, tons of people, lots of food (even lobster?!), but most importantly: cascarones -- egg shells that have been emptied, washed, dried, (sometimes dyed), and then filled with confetti. 

Here's a video of my friend Maria providing her explanation of the Easter tradition (that's also her and her family in the JCPenny spread above -- she's one of the few people I know that could make separating eggs look that glamorous).  

Judging by Maria's comment, "So on Easter, I put my tequila in a sippy-cup," it sounds like things get pretty messy:


I must admit, I'm a little concerned about my hair.  Just a little.


6 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun! Hope you enjoyed it (and hope the hair survived too ;)

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    1. We had a great time, though I gotta say, surviving my first experience with cascarones was NO JOKE. I mean it was ROUGH! My hair actually held up surprisingly well. Folks seem to have a bit more reverence for my hair than my husband's, lol. Hm...wonder why...lol.

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  2. How fun! And props to JC Penney for featuring a multicultural celebration in their catalog. I've never made cascarones, but last year, a nice mom from my son's Kindergarten class made enough for each student to have several. Happy Easter!

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    1. NICE. Yes, I never expected spending an Easter quite like this one -- in Londonderry, New Hampshire no less -- but we felt right at home. Hope you had a Happy Easter too!

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