Traditional Easter Eggs
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For many of us in the USA Easter Eggs are hard boiled eggs we dip in store bought dye kits or plastic eggs we fill with candies and hide around the yard on Easter Sunday for the kids to find.

Easter is celebrated around the world and Easter Eggs are part of the tradition in many cultures.  But in some cultures Easter Eggs are elaborately decorated hard boiled eggs and even enameled and jeweled treasures.

Here are some beautifully decorated Easter Eggs from around the world.

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Orthodox Christians dye the eggs red to symbolize the magical blood of Christ.  Here are traditional Greek Easter Eggs.

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Easter is a very important time for Sorbs from Eastern Germany.  The eggs symbolize fertility and the hand painted intricate designs are believed to protect the households from evil spirits and bad luck.

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Pysanky is a tradition started in the Ukraine and can be found in many of the countries in Eastern Europe.  The main difference in the making of these beautiful eggs from traditional Easter Eggs are that raw eggs are decorated instead of hard boiled eggs.  These eggs are not dyed; the designs are “written” on the eggs.

Click here for directions on how to make these eggs!

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In Central Europe the ladies hand paint Easter Eggs.

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This egg from Czechoslovakia is made using a Batik technique by making geometric patterns with beeswax before dying.

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These traditional Polish Easter eggs are made by pasting cut colored paper on to the eggs.  This technique is called  wycinanki.

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In Romania eggs can be covered in tiny beads to create intricate geometric designs.

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The ultimate Easter Eggs are the Faberge Imperial Eggs made by Peter Carl Faberge between 1885-1916 for the Russian Tzars Alexander III and Nicholas II.  These enameled and jewel encrusted eggs each hide a secret inside. Alexander III started the tradition by giving his wife  Empress Maria Fedorovna one of these beautiful eggs every year.  The tradition was continued by his son Nicholas II who presented one to his wife the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna and his mother Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna. Eggs were given each year except 1904 and 1905 during the Russo-Japanese War.

Of the 50 Imperial eggs created for the royal family 43 survive today.  The surviving eggs are owned by various people and many are displayed in museums and collections around the world.