A tree decorated with around 10,000 easter eggs in Saalfeld, eastern Germany, on March 28, 2012. The apple tree, that is decorated every year during the Easter season by pensioner Volker Kraft, has become a regional touristic attraction.
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The decorative "Sphere of Good and of Spiritual Renaissance" by Ukrainian artist Oksana Mas stands in front of Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra cathedral in Kiev during the opening ceremony on April 2, 2010.
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Believers prepare Easter cakes and eggs for blessing during an Orthodox Easter midnight mass at Vladimirskiy cathedral in Kiev on April 4, 2010. The Orthodox Holy Week culminates on April 4, 2010 with Sunday's Easter celebration.
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A Russian Orthodox priest blesses cakes and colored eggs during an Orthodox Easter ceremony at a church in Moscow, on April 23, 2011.
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US President Barack Obama arrives for the White House Easter Egg Roll with (L-R) Malia Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Sasha Obama on the South Lawn of the White House on April 25, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Sylvia Panoscha, wearing a traditional Lusatian sorbian folk dress, carries a box of eggs painted with traditional sobian motives at the annual traditional Sorbian 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.
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Colored eggs are stocked on March 30, 2012 at the egg dye factory in Thannhausen, southern Germany. During the Easter season, the plant produces daily around 180,000 hard-boiled and dyed eggs.
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Easter eggs are dyed after Bulgarian Orthodox bishops and nuns attend the Holy and Great Thursday service in the The Lozen monastery, St Spaso near the Bulgarian capital Sofia on April 16, 2009.
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In this handout image provided by SeaWorld, Clyde, an Asian water monitor went on an early Easter egg hunt today, with the help of SeaWorld trainer Caroline Smith at SeaWorld San Diego on April 6, 2012 in San Diego, California. He gobbled up several eggs on the grassy area of Animal Connections, where he often can be seen as part of impromptu encounters. Asian water monitors, native to marshes and riverbanks throughout southern Asia, are good climbers and sometimes feed on eggs from bird's nests.
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A small fir tree standing on a traffic island is decorated with easter eggs on April 5, 2012 in Berlin. Meteorologists forecast rainy and fresh weather to continue over the Easter weekend.
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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday on April 7, 2012 at St Peter's basilica at The Vatican.
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Families sleep and swim during the Easter holiday at the Manila Bay on April 24, 2011. Despite the presence of floating refuse is some areas, many residents of the city still flocked to the waters to beat the heat during one of the most important weekends in the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines.
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Children play on wooden crosses as they mimic the crucifixion in the village of Cutud, in San Fernando, Pampanga province, north of Manila, on April 21, 2011, ahead of the traditional Good Friday Easter celebratations where penintents are nailed to the cross. Dozens of devout Filipinos prepared to be nailed to crosses as Asia's bastion of Catholicism gets set to mark Good Friday on April 22.
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Members of the "La Sanch" brotherhood wearing their "Caparutxas" cone-shape hood take part in the Good Friday procession in Perpignan, southwestern France, on April 22, 2011. Thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world thronged the narrow cobblestone alleys of Jerusalem's Old City to pray along the route tradition holds Jesus took to his crucifixion on Good Friday.
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A flagellant whips his back with bamboo during the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Manila on April 21, 2010. Roman Catholic bishops in the Philippines recently criticised the traditional Easter rituals of people publicly whipping themselves or having themselves crucified. About 75 million Filipinos, out of a national population of 93 million, are Catholics, a legacy of the country's Spanish colonial past.
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