Sunday is Easter, known as Pâques in Cajun French. There’s a unique tradition of “egg knocking” in and around Marksville, Louisiana, east of Echo, at the tip of the Cajun triangle in Avoyelles Parish (that’s what we call counties in Louisiana). On Easter Sunday, people gather with three carefully chosen, hard boiled chicken eggs. Guinea hen eggs have a separate contest! Participants meet in egg battle. One holds their eggs, small ends up. Their opponent takes an egg, small end down, and knocks it against the other egg. The egg that cracks is the loser.
Be sure to read the brief article “If Your Eggs Are Cracked, Please Step Down: Egg Knocking in Marksville” by Sheri Lane Dunbar.