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Its a Cajun Tradition many of us take for granted, the art or science of “pocking” Easter eggs with friends and family on Easter Sunday. Pocking eggs is a little secret for most living in South Louisiana, yet there are still so many within Louisiana that have never heard of this friendly Easter exhibition.
Sure, most families that observe Easter will boil and color Easter eggs in preparation of the holy day, but some families put their eggs to different use. A majority of people will use their decorated eggs for Easter egg hunts, yet others use the eggs for a nice family tradition.
Pocking Easter eggs requires two people with each an egg, a boiled egg of course, and one of the participants taps on the other’s egg. Which ever egg breaks first in the tapping process, looses the friendly egg battle. Some claim that there is a science to this madness, but what it really comes down to is who has the stronger egg. Often the person who wins the pocking competition will go on his of her way with their winning egg and continue to use that egg in other pocking competitions, that is until it breaks.
Like most forms of competition, pocking Easter eggs sometimes brings out the cheaters in family and friends. While the eggs used for pocking are boiled, it is understood that you should only use chicken eggs. However, through the years I have seen family and friends use duck eggs, guinea eggs, and even FAKE eggs just to win the pocking competition.
After all of the pocking is complete, the broken eggs are often used for a better known tradition on Easter Sunday—The Easter Egg Hunt!! But that isn’t all. Most of these broken eggs, if not damaged too severely, are often later used in various food recipes. So as you can tell, the eggs used for pocking are put to good use after the competition.
Growing up in south Louisiana, I was under the impression that everyone pocks eggs on Easter Sunday. It has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember, but in recent years I have learned that the art of pocking eggs is strictly a regional tradition. I should note here that the roots of pocking do belong to those in parts of the Europe and the Middle East. However, I was utterly surprised to learn that our friends and neighbors to the north of us, in our home state for that matter, have never heard of pocking eggs. I highly encourage you to start this family tradition this Easter and your family will quickly adopt the fun of pocking eggs. Good Luck!!!