In Germany, the post-carnival dust barely has time to settle before Easter markets begin to pop up. Grabbing center stage at such events are the far from humble eggs: painted, enameled, filigreed, perforated or otherwise fancied up, some truly exquisite creations will soon be displayed before admiring crowds.
The chance to examine these works of art in miniature awaits visitors to the Seligenstadt Monastery, some 20 miles southeast of Frankfurt, over this weekend (Feb. 21-22) and the next (Feb. 28-March 1). Each weekend sees a different group of artists from throughout Germany and neighboring lands present their works. In addition to the real eggs, other decorative items are displayed and sold, including wooden carvings, floral arrangements, traditional baked goods, hand-made fashions and more.