By Amanda Little
Easter is a time of rebirth. As winter thaws and spring returns, everyone celebrates differently, and you can see it in the way they decorate! Check out the beautiful ways different countries adorn their Easter eggs.
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Switzerland • Osterei
Visitors to Switzerland during Easter can enjoy the traditional pastel colors that are found in the United States, but bursting from flower and foliage-laden wells. The Swiss believe that wells are a source of life, and because Easter celebrates new life, they decorate wells in the festive and brightly colored eggs.
Ukraine • Pysanka
The incredibly detailed and beautifully ornate eggs that come from Ukrainian Easter are made by drawing on the eggs first before dying them. Delicately worked into intricate folk designs, the eggs are a sight to behold.
Japan • Isutaeggu
While Easter isn’t nearly as prevalent in Japan as it is in other countries where Christianity is widely practiced, they still occasionally decorate eggs. They wrap and paste thin strips of paper onto eggs into pretty patterns, but are more likely to buy and gift chocolate eggs.
Greece • Paschalino Avgo
It won’t be hard to find these blood red eggs in an Easter egg hunt. The traditional all-red color scheme is supposed to symbolize eternal life after death. Instead of hunting for these eggs though, each person picks their champion egg and taps them against the eggs of friends and family. The ones that remain uncracked will have a lucky year.
France • Oeuf de Paques
Easter Eggs in France are much more likely to be gobbled up than hidden and sought after. While French script is a popular Easter egg decoration, in the town of Bessieres you'll have a better chance of finding them in an omelette...made up of around 15,000 eggs. The whole town comes together to watch and feast!
Czech Republic • Velikonocni vajicko
The delicate process of decorating an Easter egg in the Czech Republic is probably best left to adults, but the results are interesting. Instead of dying a hardboiled egg, thin wire is wrapped and woven around a hollow egg shell. As if blowing an egg out of its shell wasn’t hard enough in the first place!
Mexico • Cascarones
Easter eggs are hollow in Mexico, but they’re anything but devoid of life. The shells are dyed beautifully bright colors while the interior is filled with confetti! There is no better way to celebrate Easter than smashing an eggshell over your friend's head with a satisfying explosion of confetti as an added bonus.
Bulgaria • Velikdensko yaiitse
Easter eggs in Bulgaria are decorated with paint, herbs and wax - except the very first egg. This egg is painted entirely red, and rubbed on the foreheads and cheeks of the children in the house. It's then left at the front of the house for the year, and is cracked open next year to predict the family’s luck. If it’s dry, it’s good luck. If it is rotten, then so is the family’s luck.
Germany • Osterei
The usual pastel egg colors apply in Germany, but there is no seeking out eggs hidden in fields or yards. Instead, all those on an egg hunt will have to find a single tree overflowing with eggs. The sight is as strange as it is fun.
Croatia • Pisanica
The truly spectacular Croatian Easter eggs have one noticable difference that sets them apart from the rest: beautifully bright colors in amazing detail. Tiny murals on real eggs or works of art painted on giant eggs grace the country once a year.
South Africa • Easter Egg
Easter eggs in South Africa tend to be of the candy variety, and are traded instead of hidden. However, the Diepkloof egg that is on display for all to see still bears the decorations inscribed on it nearly 60,000 years ago.
Canada • Easter Egg
Canda dyes and trades Easter eggs and chocolate in a similar fashion to Americans, but they have one giant edge. The biggest egg in the world, the Vegreville, which sits comfortably in Alberta, Canada, decorated in beautiful Ukranian style.
Slovenia • Vekonocne vajicko
There are no paints, dyes, or wires applied to Slavic Easter eggs. Instead, the shells are carefully blown clean, treated, and intricately carved into beautiful forms. Slovenian masters skillfully create these works out of chicken or ostrich eggs. They can retail for anything from $50 to $200.
Russia • Faberge Eggs
Possibly the most beautiful and ornate Easter gifts, the Russians don’t waste any time with turning produce into art. Instead, they create the absolutely stunning egg-shaped works of art out of precious metals, gems, and other materials. Faberge are probably the most famous Easter eggs in the world.
United States • Easter Egg
Children across the United States spend time dip-dying pastel colored eggs, using everything from wax crayons and stickers to decorate their eggs, while the White House has its own tradition as well. Every year at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, they roll out a new design for the president. You may even get your egg signed!