Great Egg Toss Day takes place on September 6 every year. The day celebrates the sport of egg tossing. Did you know that the egg toss game has a world championship? Yes, while most people find it difficult to believe, there is a sport called ‘egg toss.’ Not bad, right? Egg toss is usually associated with Easter in the U.S. but is now celebrated throughout the year. So let us look at how this game is played and other interesting facts about the egg toss game.
History of Great Egg Toss Day
Egg tossing is a fun and simple game where people play in teams. The rules are quite easy: one member of the two-person game tosses an egg to another. There are two categories in the game — tosser and catcher. The tosser is the one who throws the egg and the other player is the catcher. The game is played starting at 10 meters apart. If the egg does not break, they step apart and the toss is repeated.
The game goes on till one egg remains unbroken. So, you need to ensure that you have the unbroken egg at the end. The history of the egg toss game is an interesting one. The game is said to have originated around 1322, in the Lincolnshire village. Back in medieval times, the only person who had chickens encouraged church attendance by giving locals alms of one egg.
The egg-throwing festivals would be held during Easter at the church. During those times, the church priest would give out hard-boiled eggs to everyone which would then be tossed around the center of the church. The choirboy who was then holding the egg when the clock struck 12 would get to keep it.
The World Egg Throwing Federation is the official body that regulates the world championship. The World Egg Throwing Federation Championship is held in Swaton, England, each year on the last Sunday in June, since 2006.
So, why not enjoy this messy fun game that has hundreds of years of tradition.
Great Egg Toss Day timeline
The egg toss game originates in England.
Johnny Dell Foley’s egg-throwing record gets a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The World Egg Throwing Federation is set up.
The egg toss game gains popularity all across the world.
Great Egg Toss Day FAQs
Is egg-throwing a sport?
Yes, egg throwing is a very real sport that many people enjoy and play! You should probably try it with your friends and family too.
Is egg toss a difficult game?
Egg toss is just like any other game — you have an opponent, goal, and set of rules. Once you learn the basics and practice it regularly, you can even be a world champion!
Can I learn egg toss on my own?
Of course, you can! Most pro players around the world are self-taught. You can just buy an egg and find a partner and start tossing.
Great Egg Toss Day Activities
Play egg toss
The greatest pleasure you can gain on Great Egg Toss Day is by playing egg toss. Invite your friends and family over for a day of tossing eggs.
Teach someone how to play egg toss
Teach your friends and family how to play egg toss. Whether it be your son/daughter, mom/dad, lover, or your neighbor; if they do not know how to play it, be their savior!
Share your favorite egg toss story
Egg toss is one of the most unique games in the world. The reason behind this is that game enthusiasts like you spread the joy of egg toss. Take this opportunity and spread your knowledge and love for egg toss on social media.
5 Fun Facts About Egg Tossing And Eggs
The longest egg toss
The longest egg toss ever recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records is 323 feet.
The current record
The current egg toss record is held by the brothers Andries and Bauke Jetze Smink, at 250 feet.
That are a lot of people
The world record for the number of persons participating in egg toss was set with 2,130 persons.
A chicken fact
Chickens do not produce one egg at a time; they usually produce several.
Older eggs are easier to peel
Older eggs have larger air cells, making them easier to peel than fresh eggs.
Why We Love Great Egg Toss Day
Egg toss is fun
Not every game we play should be easy. It has been proven that egg toss can promote brain growth, improve memory, raise our IQ, spark creativity and increase problem-solving skills. It also improves our strength. This is a fun game and it delivers exactly that!
Egg toss brings people together
Although the ultimate goal of egg toss is to win (like any other game, duh!), it is the experience of playing egg toss that is significant. Playing it with your friends, family, or even with strangers fosters a healthy relationship.
It teaches us about life
One wonderful thing we can take home from a game of egg toss is learning to win with grace and accepting losses with a smile. It teaches us valuable life lessons like planning and persistence.
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