The online lottery for the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll is open for submissions.
WASHINGTON – The online lottery for the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll is open for submissions.
Entries must be submitted online by Monday, March 5 at 10 a.m.
This year’s theme is “Let’s Play, Let’s Move,” focusing “on promoting health and wellness and encouraging children to lead healthy and active lives,” according to a news release from the White House.
The Easter Egg Roll is the largest annual public event at the White House.
More than 35,000 people will join the President and the First Lady on the South Lawn for games, stories, cooking demonstrations and the traditional egg roll.
The egg roll is a tradition that dates back to 1878. According to the National Parks website, young kids used to flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter to roll Easter eggs.
“Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds,” the website says.
The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children who wanted to use his backyard to roll eggs.
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