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How to Have an Eggcellent Easter Break at a Casino

March 28, 2024

Easter this year is early, at the end of March, so the weather could be mild, but more than likely, it will be wet and windy. The good news is Easter is a fantastic time to visit a casino.

Resort casinos love the holidays and put on loads of extra events and send incentives to get you in the mood. So, if you’re looking for something a bit different, some downtime that’s more than chocolate eggs and roast lamb, hang on to your chips because we’re doing a deep dive.

Easter is synonymous with new, and (it’s the end of the tax year) it’s at this time that game developers launch new and exciting ideas, promotions that have an Easter theme or just new stuff that has been in hibernation for the winter months. Last year, lots of new casino games had a Greek Mythology theme.

This year, Easter is so early that themes clash with St Patrick’s Day, giving lots of Irish-influenced slots and games. There are also plenty of supernatural and ghostly titles to keep the entertainment going. Gaming at Easter attracts all sorts of new characters, including bunnies, chicks and Easter eggs. 

Looking at the Easter themes has led to asking why eggs, why chocolate and what are bunnies all about?

Easter Themes and What They Mean

Eggs are a symbol of rebirth but also a celebration of life. Think about the most famous egg in all the world – The Fabergé egg. History tells us that this series of nearly 70 Imperial Easter eggs was created by Peter Carl Fabergé, known as Carl to his rich friends, for the Russian Imperial family between 1885 and 1916.

In the collection, the most famous are the 52 ‘Imperial’ eggs that have been documented; of these, only 46 survived. These opulent eggs were made for the Russian emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II and given to their wives and mothers as Easter gifts. 

Fabergé’s eggs were fashionable and in demand, so much so that Fabergé was commissioned to make jewelled eggs for some famous and even notorious private clients, including the Duchess of Marlborough and the Rothschild family. 

The eggs were often made with a hidden meaning inside. A particularly desirable egg, known as the Hen Egg, has a thick outer enamel shell with a golden band around the middle. The egg opens on a golden hinge to reveal a golden yolk and a golden hen sitting on golden straw. If this wasn’t enough precious metals and gems, inside the hen lies a tiny precious stone replica of a diamond-encrusted imperial crown.

Today, Fabergé eggs are worth millions and have become symbols of Easter opulence. In 2023, Fabergé (the brand) took to the high seas aboard a luxury cruise ship called the Seven Seas Grandeur. Apart from the displayed famous Fabergé egg, the Seven Seas Grandeur has a luxury casino where gaming enthusiasts relax with friends surrounded by the bejewelled symbols of Easter.

If you can’t afford a Fabergé egg, a chocolate Easter egg is a good second (possibly).

Easter and Chocolate Eggs

Religious or not, we know that Easter started life in the UK as a Christian holiday. However, for centuries before this, it was a pagan festival that celebrated spring, signified by the spring equinox. The equinox occurs when the sun is immediately above the equator, giving an equal amount of daylight to night hours. For centuries the equinox and Easter have coexisted as a symbol of new beginnings.

After five or six months of winter, it’s no wonder we want to celebrate, but why do it with chocolate? For centuries, people have given eggs to friends and family for Easter, and by the Victorian era, the egg-shaped gifts became hollow cardboard ovals decorated and filled with gifts and, later still, chocolates.

According to Hotel Chocolat, chocolate eggs began to appear in France, Germany, and the UK from around 1850. However, they were nothing like the chocolate eggs we know today. As there was no process for moulding hollow eggs these Easter gifts were hard and dark and tasted bitter. Later, in 1873, British chocolatiers JS Fry & Sons produced a palatable egg made of a lighter, sweeter mix of cocoa and sugar. Two years later, John Cadbury took up the challenge, and Cadbury was the first to produce chocolate Easter eggs en masse.

In 1875, Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate (the main ingredients in milk chocolate are ground cocoa nibs, cocoa butter, milk solids and sugar). From that point on, chocolate eggs became a symbol of Easter and confectionery.

Easter Bunnies and Other Animals

Easter Bunnies and other animals like chicks and lambs are used to symbolise Easter. New casino games often show rabbits, baby chicks and spring lambs because they tie in the whole Easter vibe. New beginnings, starting fresh and a fresh start are also linked with this time of year.

The story goes that a bunny sneaks into your property, leaving colourful eggs and gifts for you to find. However, bunnies, chicks, and lambs are not the only animal symbols that represent Easter. In Switzerland, the Cuckoo delivers easter treats. In Australia, you get your Easter goodies from the native bilby, which is a native rabbit-like marsupial with big ears. 

Bilbies have a better reputation than our domestic bunny, and they’re also endangered, so Australians choose the bilby to represent Easter and, in doing so, increase conservation awareness. In Sweden, it’s the Easter witch that leaves gifts. During the 15th-century witch hunts, people believed that old witches became young, and so if you didn’t drown, you possessed the gift of youth and were rewarded with food (eggs) and allowed to live in the village. Sounds a bit far-fetched, but whatever floats your boat.

In 1952, the chocolate company Lindt combined the symbols by producing a golden bunny.

Rodolphe Lindt developed a conching machine where chocolate could be melted down until smooth enough to coat bunny moulds. Lindt wrapped the bunny in golden foil and tied a red ribbon and golden bell around its neck. These chocolate bunnies were a hit in Germany before they hopped across the border into Austria and Switzerland before arriving in the rest of the world.

For most of us, Easter is about time off, leisure time and time spent with family and friends. Only two weeks before Easter is Mother’s Day, and all of these celebrations mean celebrating not being at work, downtime and a chance to reboot before the summer.

Making the Most of Your Days Off

Days off are precious. They might represent a lie-in, breakfast in bed or the opposite, a chance to turn the home upside down and spring clean. Downtime often means doing nothing, giving yourself a chance to think. 

Lighter evenings give more opportunities to socialise; local parks are alive with blooms, daffodils, snowdrops, crocuses and, of course, blossom. Spring is a hopeful time, and, of course, the wedding season starts to ramp up. Resort hotels in Vegas or closer to home at The Ritz in London roll out the pink spring carpet for those who want to celebrate time off in a brick-and-mortar casino.

At home, TV channels will show famous Spring and Easter films like the 2022 film Easter Sunday, written by Ken Cheng and Kate Angelo, or The Rise of the Guardians, a DreamWorks Animation action-adventure film that features the Easter Bunny. While the fabulous 2000 film Chocolat embodies spring films and features chocolate, so what’s not to love?

Easter and Spring are also great times to invent new traditions and do new things you’ve never done before. There are lots of adult education short courses that start in the spring term and finish in the summer. You can have a tour around economics or learn to cook a Simnel Cake or Hot Cross buns. Take a virtual tour around ancient Greece or visit the ruins of Pompei.

Spring exhibitions get a makeover with The Glass Heart – celebrating glass art, the glass industry and Collaborations at 2 Temple Place, London. The Royal Academy is featuring The Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, and in Birmingham, at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery an exhibition called Victorian Radicals shows art from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement. 

While the spring exhibition at the Nottingham Society of Artists is free, The Turner Contemporary in Margate has The Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950-1970 – art and sculpture over these vital 20 years in modern art.

Back at home, sofa surfing is allowed; in fact, it’s encouraged as Netflix releases loads of new content. All the subscription channels screen several new shows over the Spring Break. Online screening is happening, and couch connoisseurs can enjoy loads of downtime at online casinos. Overall, and with the wind in the right direction, the UK spring break brings lots of promise. Enjoy your time off no matter what the mission is; you don’t even need to make plans. Thanks to social media, those plans will likely come to you.