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Published on : Thursday, February 25, 2016
Every Easter celebration should have colourful Easter eggs. The egg is one of the most important Easter symbols in Germany, both as an emblem of the resurrection and of life itself. Hens’ eggs are a popular choice for decorating trees. After the yolk has been blown out, they are painted in bright colours, while hard-boiled eggs are dyed and then eaten.
But most of all, the Germans enjoy colourful chocolate eggs of all shapes and sizes and with various fillings. If you also have a sweet tooth, then the chocolate museum in Cologne is well worth a visit.
Traditionally, Easter eggs are delivered by the Easter bunny. The bunny either places the eggs into an Easter nest or hides them around the garden or the home. There are also many public Easter egg hunts, for example on the North Sea island of Pellworm, where around 10,000 eggs are hidden amongst the straw on the Easter green. If you feel like joining in, the great hunt will take place from 21 March to 1 April 2016.
Just like eggs and bunnies, light is also a symbol of life and the resurrection. That is why Easter candles and bonfires are lit across most of Germany on Easter Saturday (26 March) to chase off the bad winter spirits and to welcome in the spring. These bonfires are a great spectacle and attract many visitors. The largest bonfires can be seen in the Harz region, which also happens to be one of Germany’s most popular destinations for hiking.
The numerous Easter markets are also very popular. The Sorbian Easter markets in the region between the Spree Forest in Brandenburg and the Lusatian Hills in Saxony are particularly well-known.
This year Easter falls on March 27.