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Elrica Tanu
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

Singapore

Egg-citing Easter hunt

The Straits Times | Elrica Tanu | Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

What could be the largest egg hunt in Singapore will take place at Mount Faber in the HarbourFront area and on Sentosa island this Easter.

In a twist on the Easter tradition, participants do not have to get on their hands and knees and search for the colourful, painted eggs - all they need is a smartphone.

One hundred giant eggs, measuring 1.5m by 1m, will be scattered across the precinct spanning 520ha. They will be on display from today to May 5.

To "pick up" the eggs, participants must use their smartphone to scan the Quick Response code (a type of barcode) displayed at the bottom of each egg. Prizes worth a total of $100,000 are up for grabs. The one who "collects" the most eggs will take home a grand prize of $5,000 in cash and a pink sapphire and diamond egg pendant worth more than $10,000. If there is a tie, the winner will be decided by a lucky draw.

The event, called The Great Egg-Venture, has been submitted to the Singapore Book Of Records, a non-profit organisation established in 2005 to compile and adjudicate all national records, as "Singapore's Largest Easter Egghunt".

It is organised by the three-month-old Sentosa HarbourFront Business Association. It consists of 30 members such as Mount Faber Leisure Group, VivoCity and Sentosa Development.

Mr Chang Yeng, who heads the event subcommittee, says the association wanted to commemorate the inaugural event by setting a record. He believes such a large-scale Easter egg hunt has not been done here.

While Easter for Christians marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the tradition of painting and decorating Easter eggs is a popular, non-religious activity. There are two versions of how this custom originated: from pagan rituals, or the egg seen as a symbol of the risen Christ.

The association's chairman Goh Chye Boon says he hopes the egg hunt will draw new visitors to the area and rekindle fond memories which many Singaporeans have of Sentosa and HarbourFront.

"A lot has changed here in the last five to 10 years... The egg hunt is a unique way to allow tourists and Singaporean families alike to explore the precinct," adds the executive vice-president of resort operations at Resorts World Sentosa.

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