Decorated eggs in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Getty Images Decorated eggs in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Getty Images
Decorated eggs in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Getty Images
Lisa Lim
Opinion

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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Egg decorating is one of the oldest decorative arts, not just an Easter activity

  • Decorated ostrich eggs found in South Africa date from 65,000 to 55,000 years ago and were likely used as water containers
  • In Chinese culture, red eggs figure at important birthdays, such as a baby’s first month or first year, to symbolise joy and new life

Decorated eggs in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Getty Images Decorated eggs in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Getty Images
Decorated eggs in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Getty Images
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Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim has worked in Singapore, Britain, Amsterdam and Sri Lanka, and until June 2018 was Associate Professor and Head of the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, where she still holds an Honorary position. She now is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. She is co-editor of the journal Language Ecology, founder of the website linguisticminorities.hk, and co-author of Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016).