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Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Decorating pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) represents part of the historical and cultural preparation for Easter for the Ukrainian people and for many other Central and Eastern European groups. 

It consists of a special type of writing on eggs through symbols and color with prayers and good wishes for the recipient of the egg.  The process involves drawing intricate designs using beeswax and a drawing tool called a kistka, and dying the eggs in successive layers. 

There are many traditions associated with egg decorating; one recurrent theme is that of sharing the eggs with others.  To give a pysanka is to give a symbolic gift of life.


Friday, February 2, 2018


Jaye Nelson, OSF, is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate of Joliet, Illinois.  She learned Ukrainian egg decorating from a Ukrainian member of her community and has been practicing this art/prayer form since the 1960s.  She has taught others in many locations, including Brazil.

Cost of $45 includes noon meal and art supplies.

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Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Decorating

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