How do you earn fame as an Easter egg? From the royalty of Russia to the giant eggs of London, here’s how these memorable Easter eggs became some of the world’s most famous!
The crème de la crème of jewelled eggs, the Fabergés were made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II to give to their wives and mothers for Easter.
Only 42 of the 50 eggs survive today and they can be glimpsed in places like the Kremlin Armoury Chamber, the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Wish your chocolate Easter eggs were a bit bigger? The largest chocolate Easter egg ever, according to the Guinness World Records, was made in Italy and showcased at the Le Acciaierie shopping centre. It weighed 7,200 kilograms and had a circumference of 19.6 metres. That’s one egg-citing chocolate feast!
The Ukranians are known for producing beautifully painted Easter eggs, called ‘pysankas’ – but it’s the Canadians that house the biggest pysanka in the world.
At 9 metres long, the Vegreville is the largest Easter egg of its kind and is dedicated to the Mounties for their efforts in bringing peace and harmony to the town.
Imagine coming across a wonderful medieval cathedral and discovering a display of giant Easter eggs out the front! A series of 2-metre tall eggs were painted by naïve artists in Croatia in 2014 and placed in front of the cathedral in celebration of Easter.
Word has it that a range of other huge Easter eggs are also placed in other destinations around the country, such as St. Mark’s Square and Ban Jelacic Square.
About 200 custom-made Fabergé eggs – each 1-metre high, made of fibreglass and designed by notable celebrities like Ridley Scott and Peter Blake – were spread all over London for this Easter egg hunt, which attracted 12,000 participants. At the end, the eggs were auctioned off, with the proceeds dedicated to charity.
The Sentosa Harbourfront in Singapore held its own giant egg hunt for Easter last year and brought fame to around 100 giant Easter eggs. The eggs themselves were designed and painted by artists and people of the community.
Using Easter eggs to decorate trees at Easter time is a common tradition in Germany. But it’s this apple tree in the eastern town of Saalfeld that is the most famous. Local Volker Kraft and his family decorate their own tree each Easter using household eggs they’ve collected and painted throughout the year.
As of 2012, the tree boasts about 10,000 eggs and draws thousands of visitors every year.
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