Serbia: World Championship In Egg Fight

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Traditionally, every year on Easter day, Mokrin, a small village in Serbia, is the host to the World Championship in egg fight.

What is an egg fight? Well, it is a competition between two competitors, in which one holds a painted, hard-boiled chicken egg and taps the egg of his rival, with the intention to break it, without damaging his own. Over centuries, egg fight or egg tapping became a form of entertainment among family members. What is Easter egg hunt to Americans, it is egg fight to Serbians. But actually, the crack in the egg has its religious meaning, it symbolizes Christ’s resurrection and it also represents the awakening of nature.

Hundreds of people from all around the world come to Mokrin to participate in this unofficial World Championship. There are competitors from Canada, Russia, China and even from New Zealand! The serious preparations begin several months earlier – right after Christmas. It’s not an easy task to find the hardest egg. But how to pick the potential winner? Well, the professionals revealed the best method: it is called “knock on the tooth” method. At the Championship there are two categories, for seniors and juniors. But before the winner is announced, there is a traditional custom that must be honored. The winning egg is cut into two pieces with a saber and one half has to be eaten by the jury, and the other by the contestant. When they confirm that everything is by the rules, the winner receives his prize.