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Here are some of the Easter events to get egg-cited about around the world this weekend

Easter is a time for enjoying eggs, and chocolate ones in particular. Here are some of the Easter egg-themed events happening around the world, and they include chocolate eggs, boiled eggs and even wooden ones!

Helicopter egg drop

A helicopter will drop more than 30,000 chocolate Easter eggs over Upper Coomer on Good Friday. Image: Sally Anscombe
A helicopter will drop more than 30,000 chocolate Easter eggs over Upper Coomer on Good Friday. Image: Sally Anscombe

A helicopter will drop more than 30,000 chocolate Easter eggs over Upper Coomer in Queensland today as part of a community get-together at the Upper Coomera State College. Hosted by Forward Church, the Easter fun will include jumping castles, food stalls and live entertainment.

White House Egg Roll

These wooden eggs will be used in the annual White House egg roll. Image: White House Historical Association
These wooden eggs will be used in the annual White House egg roll. Image: White House Historical Association

On 21 April, 1878, the first White House Easter Egg Roll took place on the sloping South Lawn, an ideal location for children to roll their brightly-coloured eggs. The festive event is now an annual tradition at the President’s House in Washington. It will take place on Easter Monday and the wooden eggs are made by Wells Wood Turning & Finishing in Maine.

Empire State Building changes colour

The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic New York landmarks, and it changes its coloured lights to reflect special occasions. This year, it will transform into what has been described as a giant Easter egg with pretty pastel lights. These will come on today at sundown and will last through until Easter Sunday.

Egg and spoon championship hunt in England

Competitors will sprint around gardens clinging on to their egg and spoons in the picturesque Abbey Gardens in Oxford on Saturday. The World Eggbert’s Adventures Egg and Spoon Championships will also feature a colossal ostrich egg as part of a world record attempt. It is the brainchild of Paul Gustafson, who began planning the event based around his popular children’s book series, Eggbert’s Adventures.

Egg hunt in Florida

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One of the largest and oldest Easter egg hunts in Naples, Florida, is run by Royal Scoop in Bonita Springs. The iconic ice cream shop teams up with New Life Church to fill a vacant lot across the street with about 24000 eggs. This year’s event will be the 23rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Games, and hundreds of children are expected to participate. The hunt is divided into two ages groups, 2-5 and 6-10.

Giant eggs in Australia

The giant Easter eggs were created by chef Woody Theurelof. Image: Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort
The giant Easter eggs were created by chef Woody Theurelof. Image: Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

The giant Easter eggs were created out of dark and white chocolate by chef Woody Theurelof of the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort in Noosa, Queensland, and are on display in the foyer. Woody said he wanted to make a display that wowed guests on arrival at the resort and to create some excitement for youngsters while they were away from home and on holidays.

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