Other-than-Easter eggs

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Eggs are used as symbols at the Easter and Passover holiday, but they are also significant in other celebrations across the globe, according to Lonely Planet “World Food” books.

• In Hong Kong, hard-boiled eggs symbolize happy reunion and are given out to each member of the family on the lunar new year.

• In Morocco, births are, naturally, occasions for rejoicing. The day a baby is born, soft-boiled eggs are handed around to the children of the house so they can “adopt” the new baby.

• In Malaysia and Singapore, the Mooncake Festival (Zhong Qiu Jie) is observed by the Chinese as a celebration of autumn harvests. The mooncakes are pastries filled with salted duck-egg yolks.

• In Japan, the harvest moon is the time for “moon-viewing” parties in the language of noodles. “Viewing the moon” refers to having a raw egg cracked in your udon, soba or ramen.

• In Java, the celebration of the seventh month of pregnancy involves a feast that includes seven hard-boiled eggs, one of which is stuck on a skewer in the middle of a pyramid of rice.

• In Turkey, the bride’s family has to give a feast 10 days after the wedding, at which the first dish is fried eggs, brought to the table with the lid still on the pan. To have the lid removed, the groom must give money.

• Thais offer black food to a green-headed god to prevent evil. One of the prescribed black foods is a blackened egg that has been embalmed in a special salted formula (designed to preserve eggs before refrigerators were invented), and then buried in the earth for a while.

Source: Lonely Planet travel guidebooks; www.lonelyplanet.com.

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