Here in the Czech Republic, they’re known as kraslice or Velikonoční kraslice – intricately decorated eggs that no Easter would be complete without, especially in Moravia.
Coloring or decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition in many countries. But the detailed work passed down through generations of Czechs has earned these varieties international recognition as “Czech eggs” in many areas abroad.
Through specialty retailers such as CzechEggs.com, they typically go for upwards of $10-15 an egg.
And now, one US town with some strong Czech roots has erected what’s being called the “World’s Largest Czech Egg” as a roadside attraction.
The rural community of Wilson, Kansas, population 760, is famed for their annual Czech Festival, which celebrates the Czech heritage that many in the community share.
The town might now become known as location of the world’s largest hand-painted Czech egg.
The Czech egg project took more than a decade to come to fruition, with a 6.7-meter tall, 4.6-meter wide white egg appearing roadside off of the I-70 highway in 2013.
“We’d been saving up money to do this egg but we couldn’t find anyone to manufacture it,” Wilson Chamber of Commerce president Jerry Florian told Kansas.com.
Over the following two years, the egg was painted. Painting was finished in 2015, but the egg was left on its side a stand big enough to hold it could be assembled and delivered.
Earlier this week, the egg was placed upright, just in time for the community’s annual Czech festival later this month.
More information about the World’s Largest Czech Egg can be found via it’s Facebook page.