The Cajun tradition of “pacquing” hardboiled eggs on Easter afternoon is interesting, because even as a native South Louisianian, I never heard of “pacquing” eggs until I started hanging out with the Cajuns (and ultimately marrying among ’em).   (Pacque is the French word for Easter, by the way.)   Pacquing is sort of a round-robin tournament among family members to see who possesses the hardest hard-boiled Easter egg.pacquer-des-oeufs.jpg

A newspiece on pacquing in a Terrebonne Parish newspaper this weekend describes the process of “pacquing” the eggs as kind of a Cajun extension of the Easter egg hunt:

Hardboiled eggs were hidden for children to find, said Simone Camel, 46, a professor at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux and a doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. Once found, the eggs were used for a game called Pacqué, in which opponents knocked eggs until one broke. The person with the unbroken egg wins, she said, adding that the type of egg can make a difference.

Interestingly, the other article I found on Pacquing came from  Avoyelles Parish.  The geographical diversity of the reports, then, supports the notion that Pacquing eggs is  common  in Cajun folklore, since Avoyelles Parish in Central Louisiana,  the Terrebonne Parish region below New Orleans, and the southwest Prairie Cajun region where my family lives  represent three uniquely different historical, cultural, and linguistic manifestations of  the Cajun experience in Louisiana.  But they all pacque!

The picture I provide with this post shows mother-in-law and daughter-in-law (a Texan who has learned to Pacque) carrying on the tradition this afternoon.

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