Easter is a colorful holiday. Brightly decorated eggs, plastic grass and sundresses give the holiday a unique trademark. Among other festivities, Easter egg hunts are the most popular events that are linked to the celebration.
When it comes to Mexican traditions, not all eggs are filled with candy.
Cascarones, in the most common form, are empty egg shells that have been washed out, painted on the exterior, filled with confetti and sealed with a tissue paper pasted over the opening. They may also be filled with small prizes or sweets.
The cascarones are smashed over one's head to shower them with confetti. According to sources, the eggs originated from China, migrated to Spain and were first filled with perfume and sealed with wax.
Besides making a mess, cascarones can be considered an art form.
For Robstown resident Jeany M. Lopez, making cascarones is a tradition carried on through her family.
"My grandmother would make them to sell during the holidays and my mom would help her," Lopez said. "Then she taught me how to make them and hopefully the tradition keeps going."
Lopez said her mother would dip the eggshells in vinegar and food coloring but she prefers to use acrylic paint. She paints each egg by hand and makes each one different from the other.
"My sister always tells me 'I don't want to break these eggs. They're so pretty!' but I tell her they're just eggs," Lopez said.
She uses eggshells she saves from cooking year-round which can make more than 50 dozens of eggs.
"I enjoy making them. It's a stress-reliever and it's fun to do," Lopez said.
She sells the eggs she makes to family members and uses the rest to have an easter egg hunt at her home for the younger children in her family.
Everyone attending the Easter egg hunt and party at Lopez's house will get showered with confetti, no matter what age they may be. "The egg hunts are for the kids, but it's fun for everyone," Lopez said.
With all fun set aside, it is important to remember what the true meaning of the Easter celebration means.
On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to Scripture, Jesus came back to life three days after His death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin. In result, He promises eternal life in Christ Jesus for all who believe in Him.