Sunday, April 5, 2015

Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky)

Traditionally Ukrainian Easter is celebrated a week later than that of other Christians, so this year it is April 12.

My mother decorated eggs. Most of hers are now gone.  They would be several decades old.

The ones in the center are larger and are of wood.  I believe that they are painted, which was done in only the last few decades.  Well, they don't break!  Click on the pic for a larger view.

The ones from the past are done by the wax method and take hours and hours for just one egg.  The one example of my work when I was 4 years old is long gone.  It was a masterpiece.  

By the way the tradition began pre-Christianity.

You can do a search for more info and how the eggs were made.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pysanka