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    • Elizabeth Zaza

      Serbian Easter Eggs.

    • David Crumm

      As a journalist, I covered revolutions sweeping eastern Europe more than a decade ago. One spring in Prague, I bought eggs like these from women who had made their way into public squares with suitcases full of these painstakingly decorated ornaments. Yes, Western Easter is over, but Eastern Easter is another week away. And for Westerners, it's Easter Week, Dyngus Day and more.

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