When did egg hunting events become popular?

I understand both the Christian, Pagan, and marketing aspects of the Easter egg hunt tradition, but this year I’m a little puzzled – we got a flyler/invite in the mail to take our kids (which we don’t have) to Cambie Village for their annual egg hunt. A little more digging and it turns out there are a lot of community level oeuf hunting events, many with limited tickets – first come first served.

Is this typical? Is it more of a now thing than yesteryear? I hunted for chocolates in the living room. My parents hunted for real eggs in the yard. So, when did it become The Thing to attend the local equivalent of the White House egg hunt?

And just how many hiding places are there in a community center gym?

2 Comments so far

  1. yumiang on April 10th, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

    Why not?
    It’s less hassle for the parents.

    When I was a kid, I went to the local community centre by the ravine, where we hunted for eggs.
    The egg hunts were free at the time.
    I’m not sure about these days, but hey why not?

  2. moblu on April 21st, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

    I’ve been seeing easter egg hunts for pretty much as long as I can remember, this is actually a pretty common metro phenomenon.

    I think the appeal of it for kids is the opportunity to meet friends and share a traditional pastime. Parents still get the joy of watching thier kids hunting easter eggs during these events.

    It’s also worthy to note that these events are often not scheduled for Easter Monday, so kids can still have thier home easter egg hunt.

    Although people actually have to pay for higher brow versions of these events? This may be a small sign that Vancouver is starting to become geared a tad heavilly toward the upper classes…

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