Egg Rolling

In many places, egg rolling is an important part of the Easter tradition that usually takes place on Easter Monday. Egg rolling events can either be relaxed socal affairs or highly competitive events. Eggs are usually hard boiled then marked to indicate the owner - these markings can vary from simple labels to complex and attractive artwork.

Where eggs are rolled down a hill the objective is usually to see which egg can go furthest without breaking. On a flat surface a popular game is to roll an egg along using a spoon in a race to the finish line.

Egg rolling was common in Germany, where the pagan fertiliy goddess Eostre originated. The custom was brought to America along with other German traditions such as the Easter bunny.

The exact symbolism of egg rolling is unclear. Given the connection between Easter and the concepts of fertility, rebirth and renewal it is possible that the rolling of eggs represented in some way bringing new life to the land.

From a Christian viewpoint, links can be made between the rolling of eggs down a hill and the rolling away of the stone from Christ's tomb. The Christian Easter story itself clearly fits into the view of spring as a time of rebirth.

White House

One of the most famous egg rolling events takes place in the US on the lawns of the White House. This tradition was inaugurated by President Hayes in 1878 following the passing of a law forbidding the use of the Capitol grounds as a playground.