• Anthony Oldfield

It's Time To Get Egg-cited!

It's that time of year again when the Easter Bunny has hidden chocolate eggs all over the place! Today in North Wales there are no less than 28 Easter Egg Hunts going on, so there should be one near you! Easter Egg Hunting is a well known tradition and dates back to the 16th century, but did you know there are many other Welsh traditions celebrated during this period?

In the 19th century, Anglesey children would visit local farms and ask for eggs by clapping a wooden percussive instrument. This practice was known as ‘clapio wyau’ or ‘egg clapping’ and is still practised today.

On Easter Monday it is said that people would walk to the top of the nearest mountain to watch the sunrise. Not so unusual you might think but in some areas of Wales people would carry a bucket of water to reflect the light of the sun. The more energetic amongst them would somersault three times on the peak as the sun came up!

The National Trust properties in North Wales are all hosting Easter Trails today so, why not go along and have a go at egg-rolling at Plas Newydd (highly recommended) and maybe you can 'eggs-plore' these historic places for yourself!

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