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This photo was taken by a high school friend of mine now living in Germany. He writes, “Decorating the public fountain in North Bavaria. I’ve only seen this in the region I live. Not common in other parts of Germany.”

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The Osterbrunnen (Easter Well or Easter Fountain) is a German tradition of decorating public wells or fountains with Easter eggs for Easter. It began in the early 20th century in the Franconian Switzerland region of Upper Franconia but has spread to other regions. The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday until two weeks after Easter.

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