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Old 03-23-2013, 04:13 PM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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I'm putting this in the Philly forum, since I think it's a Philly thing, but I'm not sure. Could be a Polish Catholic thing too...

At Easter Dinner, as long as I can remember, we played Epper Egg. You take a hard-boiled egg, still in the shell, and put it in your fist. You have just a little of the point showing. Then your opponent takes their egg and hits your egg with their pointy end. One of the eggs will crack, and that person loses. Then you turn the eggs around and hit the "butt" ends. At the end, usually everyone's sitting there with cracked eggs except for the ultimate winner, who has a least one end left uncracked.

I'm thinking this game was invented before TV, or even radio! It was fun for us when we were little, and we even play it as adults. My Grandfather had a great time when he fooled us all one year by using a marble egg!

I've always heard it called "Epper" Egg, but I think it makes more sense if it were called "Upper" Egg. I wonder if the name morphed?
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:07 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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I don't think it's a Philly thing...I think it's more of a Polish/Central European Catholic thing. And it IS "epper". I was able to find info about this egg tapping game online:

Egg tapping - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:11 PM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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I don't think it's a Philly thing...I think it's more of a Polish/Central European Catholic thing. And it IS "epper". I was able to find info about this egg tapping game online:

Egg tapping - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thanks!! Another of life's little mysteries solved.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:06 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Played it since we were kids and passed it onto our Son
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Sounds messy... I may be Polish, but the Catholic thing died a few generations ago.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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Sounds messy... I may be Polish, but the Catholic thing died a few generations ago.
Well, the eggs were hard-boiled! But still, I think we usually played after dinner but before dessert. So you ended up with a lot of cracked eggs after everyone had already eaten! We collected most of these to make egg salad with, later.

As someone said on another thread, I'm an "escaped" Catholic.
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:53 AM
 
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My father was of Italian descent, born in 1925, south Philly.
He played epper eggs when he was a kid. When asked if the eggs were hard-boiled, he said, "No. Boiling the eggs makes the shells weaker. The eggs were raw."
He had a stonemason uncle who made him an egg out of white marble.
He won every contest after that.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:43 AM
 
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I am from a Lithuanian/Italian family and both my Lithuanian Mother's family and my Italian Father's family "eppered". My Dad said on Easter morning he used to go out in the neighborhood and you would hear others yelling "epper". We still do this today although we contain it to our own household and my kids love it. It is the highlight of Easter dinner! I know this is a tradition that will be passed on for generations to come.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:47 PM
 
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I'm putting this in the Philly forum, since I think it's a Philly thing, but I'm not sure. Could be a Polish Catholic thing too...

At Easter Dinner, as long as I can remember, we played Epper Egg. You take a hard-boiled egg, still in the shell, and put it in your fist. You have just a little of the point showing. Then your opponent takes their egg and hits your egg with their pointy end. One of the eggs will crack, and that person loses. Then you turn the eggs around and hit the "butt" ends. At the end, usually everyone's sitting there with cracked eggs except for the ultimate winner, who has a least one end left uncracked.

I'm thinking this game was invented before TV, or even radio! It was fun for us when we were little, and we even play it as adults. My Grandfather had a great time when he fooled us all one year by using a marble egg!

I've always heard it called "Epper" Egg, but I think it makes more sense if it were called "Upper" Egg. I wonder if the name morphed?
I'm new so please know that I might be doing this wrong-born in Philly-played Epper with my 2 brothers-at Easter with the
hard boiled eggs the Easter bunny left-lol-for some reason I always lost my eggs to them -although I was
much younger then them-so they had it figured out-I don't think it had anything to do with religion-it was just a game at Easter
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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I used to play epper egg but i played it grapes instead and is aw which grape was the strongest because i dont like squishy grapes also i played by myself also it wasnt a game
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