Easter egg painting tradition alive in Germany

Friday, April 19, 2019

Thirteen-year-old Emelie Kaspar, center, decorates an Easter egg at a traditional Easter Market of Germany’s Sorb minority on Sunday. The tradition has been passed down from generation to generation.

Intricately decorated Easter eggs are shown for sale in Neuwiese, near the city of Hoyerswerda in east Germany, on April 14.

Egg artists Werner Zaroba decorates an Easter egg at a traditional Easter Market of Germany’s Sorb minority.

A wax work station for decorating Easter eggs stands on a table at a traditional Easter Market of Germany’s Sorb minority in the village Neuwiese on April 14. A tiny Slavic minority in Germany is keeping alive a long and intricate tradition of hand-painting Easter eggs with the help of knifes, feathers and wax.

Children dressed in traditional Sorb clothes perform at an Easter Market in eastern Germany this past weekend.

A woman decorates an Easter egg with wax at an Easter Market.

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Easter eggs are presented at a traditional Easter Market of Germany’s Sorb minority in the village Neuwiese in east Germany on Sunday.

ELSTERHEIDE, Germany (AP) — A small Slavic minority in eastern Germany is keeping alive a long, intricate tradition of hand-painted Easter eggs that’s been passed down by Sorbian families for generations.

At an Easter egg market in Elsterheide near the Saxon town of Hoyerswerda, around two dozen egg painters showed off their trade on Sunday.

Werner Zaroba said he learned the craft from his grandparents, remembering how as a child on Good Friday, “we would paint the eggs to give them to our godparents as an Easter present.”

Decades later, the elderly man sticks to the tradition. He dips the eggs into a color bath, then using fine knives he scratches delicate patterns on the surface of the eggshell.

Zaroba says it takes him up to seven hours to decorate one egg alone.

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