History of Cascarones

Want to know more about this eggciting tradition? “Cascarones” is derived from the Spanish word, cascara, which translates to “shell.” In addition to luck, some say these eggs also have a religious meaning, where the eggshell represents Jesus’ tomb and the confetti represents the joy of resurrection.

While cascarones can be most common in the southwestern U.S. around Easter time, these surprise-filled eggs are also used at many other occasions, including Cinco de Mayo, Halloween, birthday parties and weddings. They have even become a symbol of folk art in southern Arizona. Some decorators have turned their eggtastic creations into heads, small animals and figurines and later sell them at public events, most likely for others to display or give as gifts.