Easter Egg Photo Gallery

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World's Biggest Easter Egg

World's Biggest Easter Egg
World's Biggest Easter Egg. Getty Images/Mark Renders

Photo gallery of Easter egg patents and other Easter objects.

For every holiday, there are inventions, trademarks, and copyrights created to serve those celebrating the holiday. Easter is no exception.

The Romans believed that "All life comes from an egg." Ancient Christians considered eggs to be "the seed of life" symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia eggs were dyed for spring festivals. In medieval Europe, beautifully decorated eggs were given as gifts. Today hundreds of novel methods of decorating Easter eggs have been invented, and during the week of Easter about 30 million more eggs are sold compared to any other week of the year.

A general view of the world's largest Easter egg on March 24, 2005 in Sint Niklaas, Belgium. According to the Guinness Book of World Records this 1200kg Belgian chocolate Easter egg is the largest in the world.

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How Much Do Shoppers Spend On Easter?

Shopper Picks out an Easter Egg
Shopper Picks out an Easter Egg. Getty Images/Michael Bradley

A shopper picks out an Easter Egg from the display at a local supermarket. On average shoppers spend an extra 14 billion dollars on Easter products in the United States alone. Each individual shopper usually spends over 135 dollars on Easter candy, food, flowers, decorations, greeting cards, and clothing. Most of that money is spent in the two weeks leading up to Easter.

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Candy Company Makes Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Candy Company Makes Chocolate Easter Bunnies
Candy Company Makes Chocolate Easter Bunnies. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Stacie Gibson takes a Easter bunny out of a mold as she creates it at Phillips Candy House in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany in the early 1800s, but they were made of pastry and sugar. After the edible Easter bunny arrived in the United States chocolate was used to make them and the tradition continues to this day. Easter is one of the peak periods for the sale of candies.

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Cadbury's Celebrate Creme Egg Season In Covent Garden With The Goo Games

Cadbury's Celebrate Creme Egg Season In Covent Garden With The Goo Games
Cadbury's Celebrate Creme Egg Season In Covent Garden With The Goo Games. Marcus Mays Productions/Getty Images

As part of their Easter promotions for their Easter candies. Cadbury Creme Eggs celebrate Creme Egg season with a High Dive event in Covent garden during the promotional Goo Games, on February 15, 2012 in London.

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Easter Chocolate Production At Cadbury

Easter Chocolate Production At Cadbury
Easter Chocolate Production At Cadbury. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Cadbury's Creme Eggs move down the production line at the Cadbury's Bournville production plant in Birmingham, England.

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How to Paint Easter Eggs

Painted Easter Eggs
Painted Easter Eggs. Getty Images/Al Riccio

The tradition of painting Easter eggs goes back to the ancient Persians who painted eggs for Nowrooz, a New Year celebration that occured on the Spring equinox.

Prepare the Food Coloring

Using regular food color dye: in a small bowl, mix 1/4 teaspoon of food coloring with some hot water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Do this for each color. Add the egg and keep it in the bowl the color is dark enough. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon.

Variations

Using masking tape of parts of an egg, dip in color, remove the tape and dip in a different color.

How to Create Marbleized Eggs

  • Get desired food colors ready
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil to each color you want to marbleize
  • Dye eggs as directed on dye package (except for the added oil)
  • The oil will cause the marbleized effect

Tip: Protect and shine the finished eggs with cooking oil and a soft cloth.

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Painting Easter Eggs

Painting Easter Eggs
Painting Easter Eggs. Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Sigrid Bolduan from the village Klein Loitz, wearing a traditional Lusatian sorbian folk dress, paints an Easter egg in traditional Sorbian motives at the annual Easter egg market on March 24, 2012 in Schleife, near Hoyerswerda, Germany. Easter egg painting is a strong part of Sorbian tradition and visual elements within the painting are meant to ward off evil. Sorbians are a Slavic minority in eastern Germany and many still speak Sorbian, a language closely related to Polish and Czech.

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Easter Eggs from the Ukraine

Easter Eggs from the Ukraine
Easter Eggs from the Ukraine. kakisky/MorgueFile

These easter eggs are made from wood and then painted.

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Easter Parade Held On Manhattan's 5th Avenue

Easter Parade Held On Manhattan's 5th Avenue
Easter Parade Held On Manhattan's 5th Avenue. Michael Nagle/Getty Images

An Easter parade participant takes part in the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival in New York City. The parade is a New York tradition that started back approximately in the mid-1800s when the social elite would demonstrate their fashionable clothes while walking down Fifth Avenue after attending Easter services and celebrations in one of the Fifth Avenue churches.

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Pooch Wearing Easter Peeps

New Yorkers Show Off Their Finery At Annual Easter Parade
New Yorkers Show Off Their Finery At Annual Easter Parade. Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

A pooch sporting Peeps (Easter candy made of chick-shaped marshmallows) on a colorful cone shaped hat watches the crowd in front of St.Patricks Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Hundreds of people gathered along the avenue sporting all types of Easter outfits.

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New Yorkers Show Off Their Finery At Annual Easter Parade

New Yorkers Show Off Their Finery At Annual Easter Parade
New Yorkers Show Off Their Finery At Annual Easter Parade. Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

A group of women known as 'The City Chicks' make their way up Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday in New York City. Hundreds of people gathered along the avenue sporting all types of Easter outfits.

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Annual Easter Egg Roll

President And Mrs. Obama Host Annual Easter Egg Roll
President And Mrs. Obama Host Annual Easter Egg Roll. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

U.S. President Barack Obama officially opened the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. About 30,000 people attended the 133-year-old tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn.

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Easter Parade Held On Manhattan's 5th Avenue

Easter Parade Held On Manhattan's 5th Avenue
Easter Parade Held On Manhattan's 5th Avenue. Michael Nagle/Getty Images

Easter parade participants take part in the 2011 Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on April 24, 2011 in New York City. The parade is a New York tradition that started back approximately in the mid-1800s when the social elite would demonstrate their fashionable clothes while walking down Fifth Avenue after attending Easter services and celebrations in one of the Fifth Avenue churches.

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Giant German Easter Eggs

Giant German Easter Eggs
A woman walks among giant Easter eggs coloured in the numerical progression of colours within the colour spectrum at the Arkaden shopping mall in Berlin, Germany. Easter is among the main religious holidays in Germany. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images
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Russian Easter Eggs

Russian Easter Eggs
Russian Easter Eggs. Clarita/MorgueFile

These easter eggs are only egged-shaped. They are made from cut and painted glass.

Easter eggs are a well-known Russian memorabilia probably second only to painted wooden matryoshka dolls. The celebration of Easter in Russia was introduced in the late 10th century.

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Pysanky - Easter Eggs from the Ukraine

Easter Eggs from the Ukraine
Wooden Easter Eggs from the Ukraine. pentacs/MorgueFile

These are a traditional craft in Ukraine called Pysanky.

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Decaled Easter Eggs

Decaled Easter Eggs
Decaled Easter Eggs. jeltovski/Morgue File

Commercial easter eggs decorated with a decal.

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Sorbians Prepare Easter Eggs

Sorbians Prepare Easter Eggs
Sorbians Prepare Easter Eggs. Getty Images

Painted Easter eggs in traditional Sorbian motives hang in the tree at the annual Easter egg market on March 24, 2012 in Schleife, near Hoyerswerda, Germany. Easter egg painting is a strong part of Sorbian tradition and visual elements within the painting are meant to ward off evil. Sorbians are a Slavic minority in eastern Germany and many still speak Sorbian, a language closely related to Polish and Czech.

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Basket of Foil-Wrapped Chocolate Easter Eggs

Basket of chocolate easter eggs
Basket of Chocolate Easter Eggs. Getty Images/Martin Harvey
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UK's Most Expensive Easter Egg Unveiled

UK's Most Expensive Easter Egg Unveiled
UK's Most Expensive Easter Egg Unveiled. MJ Kim/Getty Images

La Maison du Chocolat, a world class chocolatier, unveiling the UK's most expensive GBP50,000 diamond encrusted chocolate egg on April 11, 2006 in London, England.

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Easter Egg Factory Works Around The Clock To Meet Demand

Easter Egg Factory Works Around The Clock To Meet Demand
Easter Egg Factory Works Around The Clock To Meet Demand. Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

A worker loads freshly-painted Easter eggs on a truck at the Lueck poultry farm in Sommerkahl near Aschaffenburg, Germany. Before Easter, the farm works 24-hour shifts to meet demand for its brightly-coloured eggs two weeks before Easter.

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Easter Greetings Card
Easter Greetings Card. Buyenlarge/Getty Images

CIRCA 1900: An Easter bunny rabbit paints an Easter Greetings egg within a flower garden.

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Easter Greetings Card

Easter Greetings Card
Easter Greetings Card. Buyenlarge/Getty Images

CIRCA 1900: A newly hatched Easter chick emerges from the egg with a top hat and a cane and spectacles.

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Patent Drawing - Method of Coloring Easter Eggs

Method of Coloring Eggs
Method of Coloring Easter Eggs. USPTO
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Patent Drawing - Press and method for tie-dyeing easter eggs

Press and method for tie-dyeing eggs
Press and method for tie-dyeing eggs. USPTO

Press and method for tie-dyeing eggs
Inventors: Mandle; James S.
Oct. 15, 1996
U.S. Patent Number 5565229

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Patent Drawing - Dying Easter Eggs

Dying Easter Eggs
Dying Easter Eggs. USPTO
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Patent Drawing - Dying Easter Eggs

Dying Easter Eggs
Dying Easter Eggs. USPTO