Barneblad: Pysanky Ukrainian Easter eggs

Celebrate the joy of Easter with a beautiful tradition from Ukraine

Psanky

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Pysanky, traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs, add joy to your Easter celebration with their colorful, intricate designs.

Brought you by Lori Ann Reinhall

Now we can all be happy that Easter is coming with the sunlight and warmth of spring. Little buds are beginning to break through the snow in the mountains, and in

other places, fields of tulips and daffodils are popping up. People everywhere are decorating their homes and getting their Easter baskets ready for the big day.

But for many in our world, the joy of Easter will not be the same this year. We are all saddened by the war in Ukraine and the suffering of the people there, and our thoughts are with them.

That is why for this Barneblad we are sharing a beautiful tradition that comes from the country of Ukraine, the pysanky, or Easter eggs.

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Easter has long been associated with eggs, as they symbolize the hope of new life. In the past, real chicken eggs were painted in bright colors, while in modern days, it is also common to give and receive chocolate and candy eggs wrapped in colorful foil.

But in Ukraine, real eggs are still used when creating pysanky. The word pysanky is related to the word for “to write.” You “write” or “paint” on an egg when making them. The designs are intricate, and they are often selected to reflect the personality of the person receiving them.

Creating a Ukrainian pysanky takes attention and focus to detail. A wax-resist (batik) method is used. These precious eggs take time, but the results are stunning.

So, this Easter, remember that our world is filled with beauty, if you only look for it and create it. Wishing you a peaceful and very happy Easter!

God Påske!

 

This article originally appeared in the April 1, 2022, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, is a multilingual journalist and cultural ambassador based in Seattle. She is the president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and she serves on the boards of several Nordic organizations.

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