Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Frohe Ostern!

The Easter markets are open in Vienna and the colorful eggs seem to be a sign that Spring is arriving. The main attraction at these markets is an abundant selection of hand-painted eggs (yolks blown out) showing exquisite design and handiwork. Each egg has a hole drilled in it and a ribbon tied through the hole. Many Austrians place pussy-willow branches in vases and hang these decorative eggs from the branches, to create festive "egg trees" in their homes, offices and store windows.

Other Easter market specialties include egg-shaped candles, wooden egg ornaments, live bunnies (for viewing only), jewelry, baskets, and various pastries and food delicacies.

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