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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.

Enjoy these fascinating Easter Eggs from around the world.

Local artists paint a two-metre-high Easter egg in the traditional naive art style in the northern Croatian town of Koprivnica March 13, 2014. The project, which started several years ago, involves painters decorating two-metre-tall polyester eggs, which are then sent to cities in the country and abroad to be displayed in public squares in time for Easter festivities. This year, three giant eggs will be painted and sent to Montenegro, Paris and Riga, the 2014 European Capital of Culture. Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
Local artists paint a two-metre-high Easter egg in the traditional naive art style in Koprivnica
Local artists paint a two-metre-high Easter egg in the traditional naive art style in the northern Croatian town of Koprivnica March 13, 2014. The project, which started several years ago, involves painters decorating two-metre-tall polyester eggs, which are then sent to cities in the country and abroad to be displayed in public squares in time for Easter festivities. This year, three giant eggs will be painted and sent to Montenegro, Paris and Riga, the 2014 European Capital of Culture. Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
FILE - This April 1, 2013 file photo shows children participating in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The White House says the Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 21. Dating to 1878 and attended by tens of thousands of children and parents, the event will support first lady Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity initiative. It will feature sports courts, cooking stations, live music and storytelling, as well as the traditional rolling of hard-boiled eggs across the South Lawn. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
FILE - This April 1, 2013 file photo shows children participating in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The White House says the Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 21. Dating to 1878 and attended by tens of thousands of children and parents, the event will support first lady Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity initiative. It will feature sports courts, cooking stations, live music and storytelling, as well as the traditional rolling of hard-boiled eggs across the South Lawn. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
FILE - This April 1, 2013 file photo shows children participating in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The White House says the Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 21. Dating to 1878 and attended by tens of thousands of children and parents, the event will support first lady Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity initiative. It will feature sports courts, cooking stations, live music and storytelling, as well as the traditional rolling of hard-boiled eggs across the South Lawn. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
Local artists paint a two-meter-high Easter egg in the traditional naive art style in the northern Croatian town of Koprivnica March 13, 2014. The project, which started several years ago, involves painters decorating two-metre-tall polyester eggs, which are then sent to cities in the country and abroad to be displayed in public squares in time for Easter festivities. This year, three giant eggs will be painted and sent to Montenegro, Paris and Riga, the 2014 European Capital of Culture. Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Local artists paint a two-meter-high Easter egg in the traditional naive art style in Koprivnica
Local artists paint a two-meter-high Easter egg in the traditional naive art style in the northern Croatian town of Koprivnica March 13, 2014. The project, which started several years ago, involves painters decorating two-metre-tall polyester eggs, which are then sent to cities in the country and abroad to be displayed in public squares in time for Easter festivities. This year, three giant eggs will be painted and sent to Montenegro, Paris and Riga, the 2014 European Capital of Culture. Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
German pensioner Christa Kraft holds up an Easter egg plastered with shells before decorating an apple tree with them, in the garden of her summerhouse in the eastern German town of Saalfeld, March 19, 2014. Each year since 1965 Volker and his wife Christa spend up to two weeks decorating the tree with their collection of 10,000 colourful hand-painted Easter eggs in time for Easter celebrations. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
German pensioner Kraft displays a selection of Easter eggs before decorating an apple tree with them in Saalfeld
German pensioner Christa Kraft holds up an Easter egg plastered with shells before decorating an apple tree with them, in the garden of her summerhouse in the eastern German town of Saalfeld, March 19, 2014. Each year since 1965 Volker and his wife Christa spend up to two weeks decorating the tree with their collection of 10,000 colourful hand-painted Easter eggs in time for Easter celebrations. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
German pensioner Christa Kraft displays a colourful hand-painted Easter egg before she decorates an apple tree in the garden of her summerhouse, in the eastern German town of Saalfeld, March 19, 2014. Each year since 1965 Volker and his wife Christa spend up to two weeks decorating the apple tree with their collection of 10,000 colourful hand-painted Easter eggs in time for Easter celebrations. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
German pensioner Kraft displays a colourful hand-painted Easter eggs before she decorates an apple tree in Saalfeld
German pensioner Christa Kraft displays a colourful hand-painted Easter egg before she decorates an apple tree in the garden of her summerhouse, in the eastern German town of Saalfeld, March 19, 2014. Each year since 1965 Volker and his wife Christa spend up to two weeks decorating the apple tree with their collection of 10,000 colourful hand-painted Easter eggs in time for Easter celebrations. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
In this March 27, 2014 photo provided by HL Group, giant decorated egg sculptures are lined up in Brooklyn Bridge Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The eggs will be among the nearly 275 egg sculptures hidden around the city April 1 to April 17 as part of The Faberge Big Egg Hunt. The event is an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt with a 21st-century twist: The public will hunt for the eggs as part of an interactive contest using a smartphone app and participants will be eligible for prizes. (AP Photo/HL Group, Lyn Hughes Photography)
In this March 27, 2014 photo provided by HL Group, giant decorated egg sculptures are lined up in Brooklyn Bridge Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The eggs will be among the nearly 275 egg sculptures hidden around the city April 1 to April 17 as part of The Faberge Big Egg Hunt. The event is an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt with a 21st-century twist: The public will hunt for the eggs as part of an interactive contest using a smartphone app and participants will be eligible for prizes. (AP Photo/HL Group, Lyn Hughes Photography)
In this March 27, 2014 photo provided by HL Group, giant decorated egg sculptures are lined up in Brooklyn Bridge Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The eggs will be among the nearly 275 egg sculptures hidden around the city April 1 to April 17 as part of The Faberge Big Egg Hunt. The event is an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt with a 21st-century twist: The public will hunt for the eggs as part of an interactive contest using a smartphone app and participants will be eligible for prizes. (AP Photo/HL Group, Lyn Hughes Photography)
Polar bear Nanuq plays with an Easter egg ball at the zoo in Hannover, Germany, Thursday, April 3, 2014. The zoo keepers surprised the animals with an Easter egg hunt on the first day of the Lower-Saxon Easter school holidays. (AP Photo/dpa, Holger Hollemann)
Polar bear Nanuq plays with an Easter egg ball at the zoo in Hannover, Germany, Thursday, April 3, 2014. The zoo keepers surprised the animals with an Easter egg hunt on the first day of the Lower-Saxon Easter school holidays. (AP Photo/dpa, Holger Hollemann)
Polar bear Nanuq plays with an Easter egg ball at the zoo in Hannover, Germany, Thursday, April 3, 2014. The zoo keepers surprised the animals with an Easter egg hunt on the first day of the Lower-Saxon Easter school holidays. (AP Photo/dpa, Holger Hollemann)
Michelle Liu, 8, scrambles to get eggs during the Easter egg hunt at Camp Jordan Park in East Ridge, Tenn., on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The event was put on by Venue Church. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times, Erin O. Smith)
Michelle Liu, 8, scrambles to get eggs during the Easter egg hunt at Camp Jordan Park in East Ridge, Tenn., on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The event was put on by Venue Church. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times, Erin O. Smith)
Michelle Liu, 8, scrambles to get eggs during the Easter egg hunt at Camp Jordan Park in East Ridge, Tenn., on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The event was put on by Venue Church. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times, Erin O. Smith)
An Easter egg produced at the end of the 19th century, is on display at the Imperial Easter eggs exhibition in the Historical Museum in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 11, 2014. The exhibition of Easter eggs linked to the Russian Emperor family opened in the Historical Museum on Friday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
An Easter egg produced at the end of the 19th century, is on display at the Imperial Easter eggs exhibition in the Historical Museum in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 11, 2014. The exhibition of Easter eggs linked to the Russian Emperor family opened in the Historical Museum on Friday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
An Easter egg produced at the end of the 19th century, is on display at the Imperial Easter eggs exhibition in the Historical Museum in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 11, 2014. The exhibition of Easter eggs linked to the Russian Emperor family opened in the Historical Museum on Friday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A meerkat guards colored Easter eggs at the zoo in Hannover, Germany, Thursday, April 3, 2014. The zoo keepers surprised the animals with an Easter egg hunt on the first day of the Lower-Saxon Easter school holidays. (AP Photo/dpa, Holger Hollemann)
A meerkat guards colored Easter eggs at the zoo in Hannover, Germany, Thursday, April 3, 2014. The zoo keepers surprised the animals with an Easter egg hunt on the first day of the Lower-Saxon Easter school holidays. (AP Photo/dpa, Holger Hollemann)
A meerkat guards colored Easter eggs at the zoo in Hannover, Germany, Thursday, April 3, 2014. The zoo keepers surprised the animals with an Easter egg hunt on the first day of the Lower-Saxon Easter school holidays. (AP Photo/dpa, Holger Hollemann)
A vendor adjusts a giant chocolate egg at Belgian chocolate maker Neuhaus in Brussels, Belgium.
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A vendor adjusts a giant chocolate egg at Belgian chocolate maker Neuhaus in Brussels, Belgium.
�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 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.
�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 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.
�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 on a conveyor belt at the Beham coloured eggs company in Thannhausen, Germany.
�Cooked and coloured eggs 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.
�Eggs are cooked in hot steam before being painted on 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.
�An employee sorts eggs before they are painted 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.
�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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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.
Easter bunny decorations are pictured in a snowed allotment garden in Luebeck, Germany.
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Easter bunny decorations are pictured in a snowed allotment garden in Luebeck, Germany.
�Trees are decorated with Easter eggs and Easter bunnies 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.
A street vendor waits for customers as she sells traditional Easter eggs at Prague's Wenceslas Square.
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A street vendor waits for customers as she sells traditional Easter eggs at Prague's Wenceslas Square.
Traditional Easter eggs are displayed at a stand at Prague's Wenceslas Square.
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Traditional Easter eggs are displayed at a stand at Prague's Wenceslas Square.
��Easter eggs are seen in a basket at an Easter market in the western Austrian village of Innsbruck.
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Easter eggs are seen in a basket at an Easter market in the western Austrian village of Innsbruck.
Traditional Easter eggs are displayed at a stand at Prague's Wenceslas Square.
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Traditional Easter eggs are displayed at a stand at Prague's Wenceslas Square.
�A worker adjusts ribbon next to chocolate Easter eggs at Belgian chocolate maker Neuhaus in Vlezenbeek, near Brussels.
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A worker adjusts ribbon next to chocolate Easter eggs at Belgian chocolate maker Neuhaus in Vlezenbeek, near Brussels.
�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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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". 
A vendor decorates a chocolate egg at chocolate maker Godiva in Brussels.
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A vendor decorates a chocolate egg at chocolate maker Godiva in Brussels.
��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.
��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.
� People look at hand-painted 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.
��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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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.
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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Intricately decorated Easter eggs are seen at a pre-Easter exhibition on March 12, 2013 in Tabor, Czech Republic. Easter is on March 31.
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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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.
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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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.
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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Intricately decorated Easter eggs are seen at a pre-Easter exhibition on March 12, 2013 in Tabor, Czech Republic. Easter is on March 31.
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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Intricately decorated Easter eggs are seen at a pre-Easter exhibition on March 12, 2013 in Tabor, Czech Republic. Easter is on March 31.
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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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.
�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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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)
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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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.
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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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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