The Slavic Club will be holding its Annual Easter Egg Decorating Workshop on Thursday, March 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with instructors Natalia and Nick Hlushko in order to teach its members and guests the ancient Slavic tradition of decorating eggs, called "pysanky." The event will be held at the Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 110.
In Slavic cultures, the egg has represented the original source of creation. Pre-Christian Slavs used decorated eggs to welcome the sun during the spring.
The symbolism of pysanka is a blend of ancient rituals and Christian traditions. Spring is a time for release from the confines of winter and Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Christ. With the acceptance of Christianity in 988 A.D., the pysanka became part of tradition and ritual of Easter in Russia, Ukraine, and later in other Slavic countries. The pysanka took on the symbolism of rebirth. The egg symbol was likened to the tomb from which Christ has risen. The decorated eggs became treasured as religious mementos.
Come and learn the ancient Slavic art of decorating your own Easter eggs!
Everyone is welcome!
Slavic food will be served!
Cost of equipment: $5 person per person to be pre-paid by March 15th to Prof. Anna Kuchta