Green Street Arts Center will be hosting a Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter) egg decorating workshop on March 25th from 6-9 p.m. Wesleyan's own Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio will teach us this wax-based technique just in time for Easter.
It's only $10 to register. Call us today at 860-685-7871 to sign up as space is limited.
Amato's Toy and Hobby on Main Street has Ukrainian Egg decorating supplies for sale.
According to Psyanka.com, this colorful art has been a Ukrainian tradition for more htan 10 centuries.
"At one time, the egg was associated with pagan rituals and superstitions, symbolizing the release of the earth from the shackles of winter into spring; with its promise of new hope, new life, health and prosperity. In 988 AD when Ukraine accepted Christianity, the decorating of eggs took on a deep religious meaning. The PYSANKA commemorated the Resurrection of Christ, and a promise of eternal life. The pagan superstitions were replaced by religious beliefs and legends.
"One of the legends most familiar in Ukraine tells of a poor peddler who was on his way to market to sell a basket of eggs when he met an angry crowd mocking a man staggering beneath the weight of a cross. The peddler, taking pity on him, left his basket by the side of the road and went to the man’s assistance. The man’s blood dropped on the eggs and decorated them. The man was Christ, the peddler was Simon, and the eggs were the first PYSANKY."