Easter Eggs - Too pretty to eat!

The Easter Egg symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus Christ – a sign of his

resurrection from the dead. Traditionally, an Easter Egg is a reminder

of eternal life. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility that pre-dates

Christianity. Decorated ostrich eggshells over 60,000 years old have

been discovered in Africa and adorned the tombs of ancient Egyptians and

Sumerians over 5,000 years ago. The Easter Egg Hunt is a popular

tradition in some countries, with eggs hidden away (supposedly by the

Easter Bunny) for children to find on Easter morning. The sheer variety

of Easter eggs is mind-boggling – they come painted, printed and

embroidered with signature types from France, Belarus, Sweden and the

Czech Republic. Though chicken eggs were used traditionally, in modern

times eggs of chocolate, jelly and marzipan are common, as are plastic

eggs with jelly-bean fillings.

Take a look at these fascinating Easter Eggs from around the world.

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A vendor adjusts a giant chocolate egg at Belgian chocolate maker Neuhaus in Brussels, Belgium.

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Cooked and coloured eggs are sorted by an employee on a conveyor belt at the Beham coloured eggs company in Thannhausen, near Augsburg March 18, 2013. Beham is Bavaria's biggest coloured eggs producer and has stepped up its production to 200,000 eggs per day to meet the high demand ahead of Easter.

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Cooked and coloured eggs are pictured at the Beham coloured eggs company in Thannhausen, near Augsburg, Germany. Beham is Bavaria's biggest coloured eggs producer and has stepped up its production to 200,000 eggs per day to meet the high demand ahead of Easter.

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Cooked and coloured eggs on a conveyor belt at the Beham coloured eggs company in Thannhausen, Germany.

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Cooked and coloured eggs at the Beham coloured eggs company in Thannhausen, Germany.

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Eggs are cooked in hot steam before being painted on at the Beham coloured eggs company in Thannhausen, Germany.

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An employee sorts eggs before they are painted at the Beham coloured eggs company in Thannhausen, Germany.

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A tree decorated with Easter eggs and a bunny is pictured in a snowed allotment garden in Luebeck. Owner Thorsten Kups (not pictured) has decorated his garden with more than 15,000 Easter eggs.

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Easter bunny decorations are pictured in a snowed allotment garden in Luebeck, Germany.

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Trees are decorated with Easter eggs and Easter bunnies in a snowed allotment garden in Luebeck, Germany.

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A street vendor waits for customers as she sells traditional Easter eggs at Prague's Wenceslas Square.

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Traditional Easter eggs are displayed at a stand at Prague's Wenceslas Square.

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Easter eggs are seen in a basket at an Easter market in the western Austrian village of Innsbruck.

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Traditional Easter eggs are displayed at a stand at Prague's Wenceslas Square.

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A worker adjusts ribbon next to chocolate Easter eggs at Belgian chocolate maker Neuhaus in Vlezenbeek, near Brussels.

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Chocolate Easter eggs are seen at Belgian chocolate-maker Neuhaus in Vlezenbeek, near Brussels. Belgian chocolate-makers believe their renowned pralines should have similar protection to that enjoyed by French champagne or Italy's Parma ham. They want the term "Belgian chocolate" to be their exclusive preserve and also want to crack down on foreign rivals dressing up their products as "Belgian style" or of a "Belgian recipe". 

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A vendor decorates a chocolate egg at chocolate maker Godiva in Brussels.

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People look at Easter eggs at an Easter market in the western Austrian village of Innsbruck.

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People look at Easter eggs at an Easter market in the western Austrian village of Innsbruck.

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People look at hand-painted Easter eggs at an Easter market in the western Austrian village of Innsbruck.

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A woman shows a handful of Easter eggs at an Easter market in the western Austrian village of Innsbruck. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter.

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Intricately decorated Easter eggs are seen at a pre-Easter exhibition on March 12, 2013 in Tabor, Czech Republic. Easter is on March 31.

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Ethnic Sorbian Heidemarie Hoeft, wearing a traditional Upper Lusatian folk dress and black headdress, paints an Easter egg in traditional Sorbian motives at the annual Easter egg market in Schleife, Germany. Easter egg painting is a strong part of Sorbian tradition and visual elements within the painting are meant to ward off evil. Sorbians are a Slavic minority in eastern Germany and many still speak Sorbian, a language closely related to Polish and Czech.

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In this handout image provided by SeaWorld, Clyde, an Asian water monitor went on an early Easter egg hunt with the help of SeaWorld trainer Caroline Smith at SeaWorld San Diego in San Diego, California. He gobbled up several eggs on the grassy area of Animal Connections, where he often can be seen as part of impromptu encounters. Asian water monitors, native to marshes and riverbanks throughout southern Asia, are good climbers and sometimes feed on eggs from bird's nests. They also eat birds, fish and other small animals.

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Intricately decorated Easter eggs are seen at a pre-Easter exhibition on March 12, 2013 in Tabor, Czech Republic. Easter is on March 31.

Travel Holidays Festivals Easter Sunday

Intricately decorated Easter eggs are seen at a pre-Easter exhibition on March 12, 2013 in Tabor, Czech Republic. Easter is on March 31.

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Sorb egg painter Kerstin Hanusch decorates eggs at the annual Easter egg market on March 16, 2013 in Schleife, Germany. Easter is a particularly important time of year for Sorbs, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, and the period includes the tradition of painting Easter eggs that include visual elements intended to ward off evil. Many Sorbs still speak Sorbian, a language closely related to Polish and Czech.

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ÛSCHLEIFE, GERMANY - MARCH 16: A Sorb egg painter engraves an Easter egg at the annual Easter egg market on March 16, 2013 in Schleife, Germany. Easter is a particularly important time of year for Sorbs, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, and the period includes the tradition of painting Easter eggs that include visual elements intended to ward off evil. Many Sorbs still speak Sorbian, a language closely related to Polish and Czech. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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Painted Easter eggs sit on display for sale at the annual Sorbian Easter market on March 16, 2013 in Schleife, Germany. Easter is a particularly important time of year for Sorbs, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, and the period includes the tradition of painting Easter eggs that include visual elements intended to ward off evil. Many Sorbs still speak Sorbian, a language closely related to Polish and Czech.

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A visitor holds a decorated Easter egg with her granddaughter's name that she has just purchased at the annual Easter egg market on March 16, 2013 in Schleife, Germany. Easter is a particularly important time of year for Sorbs, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, and the period includes the tradition of painting Easter eggs that include visual elements intended to ward off evil. Many Sorbs still speak Sorbian, a language closely related to Polish and Czech.

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áSCHLEIFE, GERMANY - MARCH 16: Sorb egg painter Kerstin Hanusch decorates eggs at the annual Easter egg market on March 16, 2013 in Schleife, Germany. Easter is a particularly important time of year for Sorbs, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, and the period includes the tradition of painting Easter eggs that include visual elements intended to ward off evil. Many Sorbs still speak Sorbian, a language closely related to Polish and Czech. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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A giant fibreglass easter egg called 'Hello Cheeky' by Hattie Stewart is displayed in Covent Garden before the Big Egg Hunt on March 22, 2013 in London, England. Each egg is two and a half feet tall and designed by a leading artist.

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Two nuns sit at a bus stop holding easter eggs after Pope Francis delivered his first weekly general audience on March 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis toured St Peter's Square in an open-air jeep ahead of his weekly general audience.

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Head chocolatier Chika Watanabe (R) and chocolatier Stephen Glenister create handmade Easter eggs in the 'Melt' chocolate shop in Notting Hill on March 28, 2013 in London, England. Easter represents the busiest time of year for the luxury chocolate retailer 'Melt' who, in addition to their regular customised Easter eggs, also make a range of large themed eggs with a limited edition of 5.

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