Easter Part  III   Egg Hunts (Easter’s Great Event)  See Photos
 
Easter egg hunts can be community events hosted by apartments or cities, but many take place at home. Kids can hunt eggs, which are hidden, for fun, and collect the eggs in an Easter basket. Kids usually get an Easter basket, which has egg-shaped and bunny-shaped candy, from relatives.  The basket is often hidden by the adults, and the kids have to find the baskets on their own.  If several children are hunting for baskets, there may be nametags on the baskets.

Because baskets are so popular, retailers sell lots of candy before Easter. Easter bunny-shaped chocolates and Easter egg-shaped chocolates (often they are huge) are sold commonly (see photos). Marshmallow peeps are one of the well known goodies for Easter. < http://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/ >

Egg hunt Example 1 at apartments in Minnesota: “In celebration of spring we will be having an Egg hunt for the community children 12 and under. It will be held Saturday April 19 at 12 p.m. Don’t forget to bring something to carry the goodies you gather!”

Egg hunt Example 2: We checked out the Easter egg hunt held at the Richardson Nature Center*. This egg hunt was quite unique. Instead of collecting real eggs, you had to answer questionnaires on the Easter bunny while collecting fake eggs. And around the end of the course kids got candy treats from the Easter bunny. Examples** from the questionnaire: Example 1: A rabbit is an herbivore, it likes to eat… Example 2: Rabbits have 3 or 4 litters a year, (25-30/year). Why do they need to have so many babies?  
Ummm... Man, I know they are tough for foreigners, but they are good questions.

Q: Are eggs for hunts boiled? Why do kids hunt for eggs?
A: I think most eggs in egg hunts are candy eggs or plastic eggs with small toys inside. I'm not sure why this started (read Sources), but now it is just for kids to have fun. But some people still use real hard-boiled eggs.

Easter eggs: A colored egg or egg-shaped candy used as a gift or decoration. Some eggs, such as Ukrainian Easter eggs, are painted beautifully.

Sources:
Egg hunts: http://www.holidayinsights.com/easter/egghunt.htm
History: http://costumes.costumes-costumes.com/easter-costumes.html

*  Richardson Nature Center,  Bloomington, MN < http://www.hennepinparks.org/outdoor_ed/center_richardson.cfm  > 
** Questionnaire on Nature, Richardson Nature Center,  Bloomington, MN, April 19, 2003


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