11 April 2011
We do the usual pastel Easter egg hunt at our house. When I married a half-Greek, however, I learned about another Easter egg custom: dyeing them red and bashing them together after Easter dinner. These eggs are called κόκκινα αυγά, or KOH-kee-nah ahv-GAH.
The bright red dye represents Christ's blood, and the eggs are traditionally prepared on Thursday. Here is a recipe for the dye; perhaps beets might work, too. Some people "polish" dyed eggs with a drop of olive oil.
My mother-in-law uses a bowl of them as her center piece on Sunday. After the Easter feast, everyone grabs an egg and, round to pointed-side, bangs their egg against their neighbor's egg. Whoever's egg cracks first loses and is out of the game. The winners go against each other until all are eliminated but one. This game is called τσούγκρισμα, pronounced TSOO-grees-mah, "clinking together."
Do you have any unusual or ethnic Easter egg traditions?