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Cascarones or confetti eggs are festive, hollow chicken egg shells, filled with confetti. The word cascaron comes from the Spanish word "cascara," meaning egg shell. The colorful egg is crushed in the hand over the recipient's head showering the him or her with confetti. This tradition is most often carried out among friends and family. Cascarones derived from Mexico and have recently regained popularity in the southwestern United States. They are used for many different occasions but, especially Easter. Cascarones are gaining populararity at all occasions, including birthdays, Halloween, Cinco de Mayo, Diez y Seis, Day of the Dead, and weddings (wedding cascarones can be filled with birdseed).

Having one broken over your head is said to bring good luck.

In the movie West of the Pecos (1945) the eggs are used to throw at the one you love and this person must dance the next dance with you.

The Nickelodeon show Dora the Explorer has an episode involving the search for cascarones.

A new book by San Antonio author, Diana Lopez, features a character who makes cascarones for all occasions, year-round. From Diana's website is this description of the book: "Apolonia "Lina" Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who's just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books (her dad's a bibliophile), she's having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend's divorced mom is obsessed with making cascarones (hollowed eggshells filled with colorful confetti), and, most of all, why her mom died last year. Like colors in a cascarón, Lina's life is a rainbow of people, interests, and unexpected changes."

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