Easter holidays get off to a cracking start

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 March, 2005, 12:00am

Easter yesterday was a boiling eggs-travaganza as people from all over hatched egg-citing ways to celebrate the holiday.

Egg-shaped figures of all sizes featured at one shopping mall, while at another children vied to drop the greatest number of eggs from the greatest height without breaking them.

A Kwun Tong mall launched a three-week display of oval figures from 20cm to three metres in various colourful guises - from a flashy orange bikini and pastel wedding gown to a metallic space ship. Some were flown in overnight from overseas.

One designer, Spanish artist Frank Kozik, said: 'Every culture loves and eats eggs; they have a positive image that symbolises wealth and health. I have never seen an egg portrayed in any evil way - except for being high in cholesterol,' said Kozik, who has combined two Easter themes with his limited-edition range of grinning egg-shaped rabbits.

An egg-shaped effigy of former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa was also featured.

Asked if he liked the exhibits, Kan Ching-yin, six, said: 'I don't like eggs, especially boiled eggs, but scrambled eggs are better.'

At a mall in Tseung Kwan O, about 40 school children were engrossed in an egg-dropping competition. But only a third were able to beat the laws of nature and devise a contraption that enabled an egg to survive a 4-metre drop. And was not for want of trying, as they employed scrap material to make protective devices such as a plastic-bag parachute hooked to a paper cup, a cushion made from balloons and three paper plates glued to a toilet roll.

One trickster eggs-ploited a loophole in the rules and hid five eggs in his contraption to increase the chance of winning.

Yin Sheung-yin, 11, who pecked off the first runner-up prize with a triangular, tent-shaped scrap paper construction containing an egg dressed as a rooster, revealed his secret to success.

'Today is my birthday; that is why I know I am going to win,' the Primary Five pupil said.

His favourite Easter activity was painting eggs that he could eat afterwards. 'I may even open my own shop when I grow up to sell Easter eggs,' he said.