A birds-eye view of the Easter Egg Roll event

The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in Washington, D.C. would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs. Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young children to roll eggs on the White House lawn.

Today, the Easter Egg Roll has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House lawn to become the largest event held at the White House, filled with live entertainment, sports and interactive cooking demos. And, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll promotes healthy and active living and is designed for children 13 years of age and under. The 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 9. As in past years, an online lottery will be conducted to choose the lucky winners of tickets. Signing up for the lottery is free of charge. Tickets for winners are free of charge.

The online lottery application period for the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll is now closed. No additional applications will be accepted.

If you have already applied for the lottery, the results will be published here under My Account on Monday, March 12, 2012.

If you were not a winning applicant through the online lottery or missed the deadline to apply, please visit www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll for interactive opportunities to participate in the 2012 Easter Egg Roll online.

To purchase the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll commemorative egg please visit: Easter.NationalParks.org .

President Barack Obama cheers on kids taking part in the Easter Egg Roll Children participate in activities at the annual Easter Egg Roll A boy shows his jump shot to President Barack Obama on the White House basketball court
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