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Cascarones

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by Amber on April 17, 2011

You might be asking yourself, what the heck is a cascarone (Cask-ca-roe-neh)? A cascarone is a hollowed egg that has been dyed and filled with confetti, and then resealed using tissue paper. What is the purpose of cascarones, you might now ask yourself. In South Texas and Mexico, cascarones are as synonymous with Easter as dyed hard boiled eggs are in the rest of North America.

In doing research for this post, I found that cascarones have actually been around hundreds of years, maybe even thousands. Some people believe they even started in Roman times. The egg symbolizes fertility, which is what Spring is all about. No matter which era we’re talking about, to have a cascarone broken on top of your head (covering you in confetti) is meant to be a sign of good will and good fortune for the rest of the year.

Plus, it’s really fun to break eggs on top of your friends’ heads and cover them in brightly colored confetti!

In San Antonio, you find cascarones in roadside stands by the hundreds in the week leading up to Easter. No head is safe, especially at the multitude of festivals that take place in San Antonio this time of year: Night in Old San Antonio, Fiesta, Oysterbake, Jazzfest, and the Poteet Strawberry Festival.

Today is the last day of Fiesta, and so I thought it only appropriate to tell you about cascarones. They can be a super fun craft to do with your kids in addition to your normal Easter traditions, and you can teach them about a new culture at the same time.

Happy Fiesta!


 

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TidyMom April 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM

What a fun idea Amber!! I had never heard of them!! Thanks for sharing

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:51 PM

They’re great fun, Cheryl!

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Nancy @TSP April 17, 2011 at 10:28 AM

So nice to hear about Easter traditions from other places. Very cute, too!

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Nancy, wouldn’t it be fun to surprise your guys with these – specifically when you smash one on each of their heads? ;)

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Tickled Red April 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM

What a great idea! I love the history of them. You know that I’ll be making dozens of these right? It’s goign to be like a water balloon fight around here on Easter now :)…{giggle}

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I hope you blog about it, Red! Would be great to see the Monkeys’ reaction!

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DessertForTwo April 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

How fun! My niece and nephews would love this!

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:53 PM

My niece and nephew DEFINITELY love this! It’s great fun to crack them on their heads when they’re least expecting it.

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Melissa April 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Well, if I weren’t making a dozen handmade felt bunny finger puppets, I’d definitely make these. Oh well, time to rely on HEB. A must for next year though!

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Those finger puppets sound adorable, Melissa!

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Sylvie@GITK April 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM

How fun! I remember making these when I was a kid, but I haven’t seen them since. Thanks for reminding me, I love these.

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Sylvie, I’m glad I could bring back a bit of your childhood!

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Kristen April 18, 2011 at 8:44 AM

OK – you are going to laugh. I tried making these a couple of weeks ago, but had no idea how to do it. It was when I was sick and I just thought a pin size hole in the bottom would be enough. So I blew and blew and blew and about died because my head was exploding anyway.
I gave up.
Who knew that I just needed a much bigger hole!! Great craft idea.

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:54 PM

LOL Kristen! Let’s just blame that strep throat you had.

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Tracy April 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I’ve never heard of this tradition before but it sounds like SO much fun! I guess I missed it this time around, but I’ll definitely have to participate next year!

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:54 PM

They’re perfectly acceptable beyond Fiesta, Tracy. Make them for Easter instead :)

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Jamie | MBA April 18, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Such a cute and fun idea! I love the lighting in these photos! So pretty!

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Thanks, Jamie! I was super pleased at how they turned out.

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Maris (In Good Taste April 18, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Oh how fun! Love things that are new to me!

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Thanks, Maris! I hope you try them. They’re super fun.

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SMITH BITES April 19, 2011 at 8:54 AM

these are sooooo cute Amber and WAYYYYY easier than blowing out raw egg thru a pinhole!!!

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Haha yeah, and you can have a great omelette or Migas afterwards, Deb.

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naomi April 19, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Great DIY! My little guy is going to love this! I can’t wait to make them with him.

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Boys especially seem to love them, Naomi. They get to destroy something and make a big mess at the same time. What’s not to love?

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Brenda April 19, 2011 at 11:09 PM

I have never heard of these. Thanks for the history lesson – very fun!!

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:56 PM

I hope you try them, Brenda. They can be a great addition to Easter.

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Daca April 20, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Wow, amazing post. I must say, I have never try to make this. But, it really looks great. Perfect for kids.

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Thanks, Daca! Kids love ‘em.

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Robyn | Add a Pinch April 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Too cute! I’ve not heard of these before.

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Robyn, they’d be great as a homeschooling project for Little Buddy. You can teach him about Fiesta and stuff too!

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CMom April 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Beautiful photos and great directions! I grew up with Cascarones. (BTW: they are pronounced /Cask-ca-roe-n/ as singular and /Cask-ca-roe-nehS/ with the /s/ at the end as plural. Also, there is no “tilde” (no “ñ”)above the letter n in the word “cascarones”.) It’s not Easter at our house without cascarones. Which reminds me: we better hurry up and dye some or we’ll be stuck buying them this year!

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Thanks for the correction. I searched several different places online and it was listed both ways, so I went with what I remembered being on the signs last time I was home during the season. Guess I was wrong! I’ve fixed it now.

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Jen Schall April 20, 2011 at 9:48 PM

So fun! We used to make these when we were kids and we’d throw them at each other (outside the house so my mom didn’t kill us) kind of paintball style. :)

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Hah, nice one, Jen. Sounds like a fun thing to do to me.

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Ana Dowling April 22, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I grew up with cascarones (there is no ñ, I hope you correct it). It’s a very fun tradition and it always reminds me and my cousins in Mexico breaking the eggs on each other’s head, such a happy memory!!

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Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Hi Ana,

As I said above, I researched it, and most places seemed conflicted about it, so I used what I remembered being on signs the last time I was home. I guess that’ll teach me to trust roadside signs! I’ve corrected it now. They’re such a happy memory for me too!

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Water Extraction May 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM

that is too cute!

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