Ok, I just remembered this very old, folklore game -traditionally Vlach for some, all over Northern Greece for others. I played it once, and I found that it was incredibly messy fun in dinners. It used to be played the last day of the carnival, hence the messy aesthetics and the food involved -particularly the egg has significant connotations in regards to fasting before Easter. But since there is no such thing as a game-police, you can play it whenever.
- 1 long stick
- 1 boiled and peeled egg (or more, according to the rounds/participants)
- 1 thin rope, yarn or ribbon
- Yogurt (optional)
Tie the rope to the stick, and then to the egg -careful not to spoil it. Participants sit in a circle (around the dining table?). One person stands outside the circle with the stick, swinging smoothly the hanging egg within the circle, in front (and a bit above) the players’ faces. The aim is to grab the egg with no hands, mouth-only. The winner assumes the position of the stick-barer.
You can dip the egg in yogurt, to increase the mess. Don’t play it in your formal outfit (unless you want to make a statement!).
(outfits are optional)
(Troubleshooting: this pic is misleading, peel the boiled egg before tying)
Not suitable for vegans, who can of course change the ingredients to their preferences. Tofu and jam …well… you can playfully improvise with the tastes, as long as you keep the textures in the right solid-liquid proportions.
Happy winter everyone!