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              In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture artisan Nicu Poenariu turns Easter eggs on sale at a fair in Bucharest, Romania. Ahead of Eas...

              In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture a Romanian Catholic picks up a wooden cross from a tree before the start of a procession ahead...

              In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture a Romanian Orthodox priest's son looks up along with his mother during a service ahead of Palm...

              In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture entertainers wearing rabbit costumes speak at a fair in Bucharest, Romania. Ahead of Easter, ...

              In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture artisan Nicu Poenariu demonstrates his technique on an Easter egg on sale at a fair in Buchar...

              In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture entertainers wearing rabbit costumes strike a pose backdropped by the communist era built Hou...

              In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture a Romanian Catholic holds a wooden cross during a procession ahead of Palm Sunday in Bucharest...

              In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture Easter eggs decorated with religious themes by artisan Nicu Poenariu are on sale at a fair in...

              In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture a woman touches a large icon carried by Romanian Orthodox priests after a service ahead of Pal...

              In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture Romanian Orthodox priests attend a service ahead of Palm Sunday in Bucharest, Romania. Ahead o...

              In this Sunday, April 9, 2017, picture a gendarme with a flowers attached to his uniform walks next to Catholic children taking part in...

              In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture artisan Nicu Poenariu displays for a photograph an Easter egg on sale at a fair in Bucharest,...

              In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture a child hugs an entertainers wearing a rabbit costume at an Easter fair in Bucharest, Romania...

              In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture a child tries to interact with a rabbit on display at a fair in Bucharest, Romania. Ahead of ...

              In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture a child enjoys a ride in an Easter inspired installation at a fair in Bucharest, Romania. Ahe...

In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture artisan Nicu Poenariu turns Easter eggs on sale at a fair in Bucharest, Romania. Ahead of Eas...

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture a Romanian Catholic picks up a wooden cross from a tree before the start of a procession ahead...

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture a Romanian Orthodox priest's son looks up along with his mother during a service ahead of Palm...

In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture entertainers wearing rabbit costumes speak at a fair in Bucharest, Romania. Ahead of Easter, ...

In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture artisan Nicu Poenariu demonstrates his technique on an Easter egg on sale at a fair in Buchar...

In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture entertainers wearing rabbit costumes strike a pose backdropped by the communist era built Hou...

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture a Romanian Catholic holds a wooden cross during a procession ahead of Palm Sunday in Bucharest...

In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture Easter eggs decorated with religious themes by artisan Nicu Poenariu are on sale at a fair in...

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture a woman touches a large icon carried by Romanian Orthodox priests after a service ahead of Pal...

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, picture Romanian Orthodox priests attend a service ahead of Palm Sunday in Bucharest, Romania. Ahead o...

In this Sunday, April 9, 2017, picture a gendarme with a flowers attached to his uniform walks next to Catholic children taking part in...

In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture artisan Nicu Poenariu displays for a photograph an Easter egg on sale at a fair in Bucharest,...

In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture a child hugs an entertainers wearing a rabbit costume at an Easter fair in Bucharest, Romania...

In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture a child tries to interact with a rabbit on display at a fair in Bucharest, Romania. Ahead of ...

In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, picture a child enjoys a ride in an Easter inspired installation at a fair in Bucharest, Romania. Ahe...

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — New trends are joining old traditions in Romania this Easter.

In the predominantly Christian Orthodox country of 19 million, age-old crafts such as intricate egg decorating and painted religious icons are a major feature of the Holy Week run-up to Easter Sunday. But a more commercial flavor has slowly crept into the celebrations.

At an Easter fair outside the Bucharest palace built by the late Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu, entertainers strutted around wearing giant rabbit heads. Huge models of colored eggs in baskets dotted the displays. An oversized hen pulled a cart while a plastic rabbit sat in the back with a model of large painted egg, scenes that could have been inspired by "Alice in Wonderland."

Painted religious symbols, a major feature of Christian Orthodox observances, also were on display and for sale at the fair and the patriarchy, the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Tradition flourished elsewhere in the Romanian capital. Craftsmen such as Nicu Poenaru skillfully embellished hen, ostrich and goose eggs by hollowing out the contents and carefully piercing tiny holes in the shells, creating objects of artistic and religious value. Prices range from 15 lei to 150 lei ($3.50 to $35) depending on the size and intricacy of the design.

While humans in rabbit costumes were all the rage at the fair, one child got to see a real rabbit close up, crouching down by the animal's cage with wonder.