Ten years ago the Tourist Board of the Koprivnica-Krizevci County introduced their project of gifting cities in Croatia and abroad with ''Pisanica od srca'' (Easter egg from the heart) in the Easter period.
One of the cities abroad that received the Croatian Easter gift is Vienna in neighbouring Austria. Vienna is well known for its traditional Old Vienna Easter market, which has been held for 28 years. This popular Easter fair in the heart of Vienna is an inevitable hot spot for many Viennese as well as for tourists who visit the fair and buy various Easter decorations.
Apart from thousands of small painted eggs, the fair is adorned every year with huge Croatian Easter egg, which was a gift of the Koprivnica-Krizevci County to Vienna in 2012.
''Pisanica od srca'' or ‘’Easter egg from the heart’’ was hand painted by renowned artists of naive art from Hlebine and the Podravka art association. The egg is 120 kilograms in weight, stands an impressive 2.05 metres in height and is 1.5 metres wide, and represents peace, love, joy and friendship.
Decorating Easter eggs, as one of the symbols of Easter, is a traditional Croatian custom, which has been also nurtured among Croats in Austria for decades.
The Old Vienna Easter market will remain open until the 17th of April, therefore thousands of Viennese and other visitors to the city will be able to see this beautiful Croatian Easter egg.