Through the ages, eggs have been symbols of birth and new life. However, the Easter egg itself goes back to medieval Europe, according to infoplease.com. Eggs laid during Lent, a time when meat and eggs were forbidden food, were often boiled or otherwise preserved. At the end of Lent, eggs were a mainstay in the Easter Sunday meal, as well as a prized Easter gift for children and servants. In 2009, the centuries-old tradition continues. Here's a compilation of Easter egg hunts going on this week in Largo:
• St. Paul United Methodist Church will have its annual Easter picnic and egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Park, shelters 2 and 3. For information, call (727) 585-4758.
• The annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Belleair Bluffs Rotary Club will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Belleair Bluffs Community Center, 2747 Sunset Blvd. The event is designed for children 12 and younger. Participants are asked to bring Easter baskets for goodies. For information, call (727) 581-0519.
• The "Egg-stra Special" Egg Hunt at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. It's an all-ages family event with crafts and games, an appearance by the Largo Smuppets and Uptown Clowns and a kids train around Highland Lake. Here are the times for the age-appropriate hunts: 2 and younger (4:30-4:45 p.m.), 3-5 (5-5:15 p.m.), 6-8 (5:30-5:45 p.m.) and 9-12 (6-6:15 p.m.). Cost: $8. Advance registration recommended. Call (727) 518-3016.
• First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo, will hold Easter Treasure Hunt at 5 p.m. Saturday. Children in preschool through fifth grade can bring a basket or bag and collect as many goodies as possible. Visit indianrocks.org or call (727) 595-3421.
• St. Patrick's Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place after 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Meet by the Grand Lawn at St. Patrick Church, 1507 Trotter Road. All children are welcome and don't forget your basket. The Easter bunny will make an appearance.