Ukrainian Easter Eggs workshop in London draws international interest
The Ukrainian Institute hosted a traditional Easter Egg Pysanky workshop in London on Saturday, April 13th that drew wide interest from an international audience and included participants from the UK, China, Russia, Ireland, Norway, Slovakia, Germany and Ukraine. The workshop was led by Marta Mulyak, a language teacher at the Institute.
A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated using a wax-resist method. The word comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Pysanka is often taken to mean any type of decorated egg, but it specifically refers to an egg created by the written-wax batik method and utilizing traditional folk motifs and designs. Several other types of decorated eggs are seen in Ukrainian tradition, and these vary throughout the regions of Ukraine.
Easter in 2013 according to the Julian calendar will be celebrated on May 5th, five weeks later than the Gregorian calendar.