Easter http://kunc.org en Italy's Chocolate Easter Eggs: Big, Bold And Full Of Bling http://kunc.org/post/italys-chocolate-easter-eggs-big-bold-and-full-bling In Italy, there are no Easter egg hunts, no marshmallow Peeps and definitely no jelly beans.<p>Instead, there are chocolate eggs — massive, elaborately decorated, beautifully wrapped chocolate Easter eggs that now fill shop windows across the country. The sweet treats are considered Italians' food gift of choice at this time of year. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:42:00 +0000 Amy Guttman 42261 at http://kunc.org Italy's Chocolate Easter Eggs: Big, Bold And Full Of Bling A Fossilized Confection Baked For Easter 1807 http://kunc.org/post/fossilized-confection-baked-easter-1807 A British couple believes they've come across a hot cross bun that was baked more than 200 years ago. Host Scott Simon explains. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:11:00 +0000 42246 at http://kunc.org Greek Orthodox Easter In A Time Of Austerity http://kunc.org/post/greek-orthodox-easter-time-austerity Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>Greek Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter at midnight tonight. It's traditionally the biggest holiday in Greece. But there is a cloud over the celebration. Reporter Joanna Kakissis sends us this postcard from Athens and the inner-city cathedral of Saint Lucas.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING)<p>JOANNA KAKISSIS, BYLINE: In Greek, the church is called Aghios Loukas. It's Holy Thursday tonight, and the service commemorates the Last Supper. It's so packed here that it's hard to move around. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Joanna Kakissis 25653 at http://kunc.org Eggs Become Art To Celebrate Life's Rebirth http://kunc.org/post/eggs-become-art-celebrate-lifes-rebirth It all starts with the egg.<p>In spring, chickens start laying again, bringing a welcome source of protein at winter's end. So it's no surprise that cultures around the world celebrate spring by honoring the egg.<p>Some traditions are simple, like the red eggs that get baked into Greek Easter breads. Others elevate the egg into an elaborate art, like the heavily jewel-encrusted Faberge eggs that were favored by the Russian czars starting in the 19<sup>th</sup> century.<p>One ancient form of egg art comes to us from Ukraine. Sun, 08 Apr 2012 10:04:00 +0000 25335 at http://kunc.org Eggs Become Art To Celebrate Life's Rebirth The 'Heart Of Spiritual Life': Joy, Not Happiness http://kunc.org/post/heart-spiritual-life-joy-not-happiness Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Tomorrow, Christians all over the world will observe Easter Sunday with joy. But what is joy? Not just happiness, laughs, or satisfaction, but joy? We turn to Father James Martin. He's a Jesuit priest, a contributing editor to America Magazine, and the author of "Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter Are at the Heart of Spiritual Life." He joins us from our studios in New York.<p>Jim, thanks for being with us.<p>FATHER JAMES MARTIN: My pleasure.<p>SIMON: You say that joy isn't to be confused with happiness. Sat, 07 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 25318 at http://kunc.org