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Easter - Egg races

If you're in Lithuania and it's Easter time, you have to get yourself into one of the best Easter traditions in the whole world. First of all, you have to prepare for the egg races! Find yourself the standard package of eggs in the supermarket, and paint them. Here is the big thing, believe me or not, because the "tuning" of your egg can be the critical factor in the races.

If you’re in Lithuania and it’s Easter time, you have to get yourself into one of the best Easter traditions in the whole world. First of all, you have to prepare for the egg races! Find yourself the standard package of eggs in the supermarket, and paint them. Here is the big thing, believe me or not, because the “tuning” of your egg can be the critical factor in the races.

We, Lithuanians, paint the eggs in different kind of materials – onion shelling, bread soak and whatever. Then you put the painted egg into the stocking and put into the same stocking a piece of parsley or other nice little things, which will make the forms on the painting when the egg is finished. The other option – paint it with wax. Put a little needle onto the top of a pencil, put the wax on the heat – candle is a good option… Then put the needle’s head into the liquid hot wax and paint the wax lines or dots onto the egg. Note: be wise while doing the wax cover, it can help in the egg race too.

OK, so finally, when you have the eggs painted, put them back into the paper box, which you got from the shop, and go to the stadium. We like to do those races in fresh air, somewhere on the grass, but this year we had too much snow over paradise, so had to do the egg race indoors. OK, get ready – every contestant sits near the starting point (something with pitch or slope, that the eggs could ride down it, see my third picture to get the idea). You have to let your egg down that slope and it will roll on the ground till it stops. Ok, so now the next contestant comes to the starting point with his egg and tries to bounce his egg into your one, which is already on the race field. If his egg hits your egg, he can choose which one of those two eggs to take and which one to leave on the ground.

Then comes the other contestant and he lets his egg go… And so on… Note: if you hit 2 or more eggs with one egg at the same time, you have to leave only one of all of them on the ground – all others are yours! The winner is the gamer which has the most eggs in the end! Note: you can direct the eggs direction of movement by placing it differently on the slope. And if you have strong shield, made of wax or strong paintings, it can help you win… By the way, usually the winner has got about 40 or 50 eggs in his basket, while the others have lost every egg they had… This is the situation when magic comes to town – we all, winners and losers, eat all of those eggs together ;) P.S. you have to eat them, because after the egg races, the eggs look very smashed and awful ;).

written by jogintas

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