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Easter Egg Rolling 2024

Egg rolling eight years on

The tradition of egg rolling in the UK, sometimes known as ‘pace-egging’ or ‘paste egging’, is a centuries-old Easter activity where decorated eggs are rolled down grassy hills. And it’s something we’ve done as a family for decades.

The last time I blogged about egg rolling, however, was back in 2016 when Iona was just 15 months old and Amé was three years and a couple of months old. I remember just missing the rainfall back in 2016 but this year…well, it’s been raining a lot, hasn’t it? But undeterred, we set off once more for Bulby’s Wood and a climb up the hills.

Family walking up a hill on a rainy day
Got to get to the top first!
Decorated 'paste egg'
Then…catch your egg, as they roam free up there!
Family group holding 'paste eggs'
All set…take your marks!
Girl in coat rolling an egg down a hill
Youngest first…there you go Iona Grace!
Girl rolling an egg down a hill
Good concentration from Amé Melise
Woman rolling an egg down a hill
Now it’s mammy’s turn
Grandmother rolling an egg down a hill
Nana’s turn
Family group on top of a hill
Watching on
Broken 'paste egg'
If it breaks, you’re out!
Man with arms open wide, celebrating
Daddy thinks he’s won…
Girl holding an egg up in her hand, celebrating
But, really, it was Amé Melise!
Mother and child walking down a hill
Walking back in the still rainy weather – but it was all brill fun!

Tradition

The term ‘pace-egging’ is thought to come from the Old English ‘Pasch’, meaning Passover, reflecting the holiday’s historical roots. In places like Lancashire, annual competitions are held, and it’s a time for community gathering and celebration. This tradition not only provides entertainment but also symbolises new beginnings and the rolling away of the stone from Jesus’ tomb.

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