The White House Easter Egg Roll: A Tradition Like No Other

By | April 16, 2019

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Kids participate in an Easter egg roll race during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017. Source: (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the oldest and most whimsical of all the White House traditions is the annual Easter Egg Roll, an event that is held on the South Lawn of the White House and is hosted by the First Lady. Celebrated on Easter Monday, the event attracts a bevy of adorable children, dressed in their Easter finest, all rolling brightly-colored eggs along the perfectly-manicured lawn. Let’s take a look at this charming, long-running holiday tradition. 

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What’s an Easter Egg Roll?

An Easter Egg Roll is a fun, friendly race in which children roll a colored egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon. The tradition of rolling Easter eggs seems to be the result of a merger of pagan and Christian springtime rituals. In pagan beliefs, the egg often symbolized fertility and the rebirth of Spring. Many pagan symbols were later adopted into Christianity, including the egg. Rolling an Easter egg morphed into a Christian practice that symbolized rolling the rock away from the tomb of Jesus before the resurrection.