You might be under the impression that I'm Ukrainian, what with me showing you all these Ukrainian Easter eggs and all. However, that would be incorrect - I'm really an Anglo-European dog's breakfast blend who just happens to like pysanky or Ukrainian Easter Eggs.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to an Easter fair with my parents at a church out in the country called St. Elias the Prophet. Well, let's just say it made me want to be Ukrainian.
There were gorgeous hand-painted pysanky eggs. If you want to see some pysanky made by an amateur with a shaky hand look here, but if you want to see what the pros make, check these out:
The eggs were decorated with horses, roosters, deer, oak leaves, crosses, stars, wheat, rakes and other symbols all with special meaning to the Ukrainian people.
I loved that there was a handout with an explanation about the meaning behind the decorations used on the eggs. I took a picture of a part of the sheet explaining about the leaves and animals.
I didn't know that the style of decorations used on the pysanky varied from region to region in the Ukraine. This is just a small sample of the regions they displayed.
Not only were there pysanky eggs at the Easter fair, but there were also beeswax candles, and handmade chocolates, and embroidery,
and yummy Easter breads - some with braided crosses on top, some that had been baked in cans, and some that had been baked in special lamb-shaped molds.
After surveying all the goodies we bought some bread, some chocolate, and a couple of the pysanky. With the huge selection it was very difficult to decide which ones to choose.
I finally chose these two beauties.
Yep it's definitely enough to make me want to be Ukrainian.
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