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April 02, 2007

Making Memories and Pysanky

Each spring in Ukraine, several of us American women would get together with a Nadiya, an artist who focused on traditional folk art mixed with modern media, for an afternoon of writing pysanky eggs. It is meditative to sit, work, create together.

On Easter itself, we would see people with krashanky (solid-dyed, usually red, hard boiled eggs) and paska (a decorative, holiday bread) in baskets, bringing them to be blessed by the priests.

I miss Ukraine, and the seasonal changes and traditions. Even when traditions were not my own, they became part of the rhythm of our lives.

This year the boys and I will cook hard-boiled eggs. We will decorate them, and every red egg will remind me of babushka and Ukraine.

(Lil' Miss or Laura or Dawn. . . if you are reading this, do you have any photos of making pysanky together?)


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I forgot to mention. . . Check out this picture of the pysanka tank.

Posted by: TulipGirl at April 1, 2007 10:20 PM

but have you seen the world's largest pysanka?


we had breakfast in this town once. :)

Posted by: Kristin at April 1, 2007 10:55 PM

Oh my goodness!

It was interesting to read of the mathematical calculations that went into the design.

I'm surprised that Ukraine itself lacks something like this.

Posted by: TulipGirl at April 1, 2007 10:58 PM

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