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Ukrainian Egg Exhibit

Ukrainian (Pysanky) Easter eggs are on display at the Museum of the Apopkans through the month of April. These ornate works of folk art, which may take up to two days to make using layers of richly colored dyes and beeswax, are not for eating. They are for admiring, giving as gifts, or collecting. Taissa Meleshko of Apopka, a longtime member of St. Mary "Protectress" Ukrainian Catholic Church on Lake McCoy Drive in Apopka, said their traditional Easter celebration gives her a personal connection to her faith and her cultural roots in Ukraine. St. Mary’s Parish celebrates religious holidays by the old Julian calendar, and this year’s Velykden Easter falls on April 20.

Also on display are embroidered table linens and many decorated wooden eggs; even a Pysanky decorated ostrich egg.  There is also a video that shows how the eggs are made.


Here are several links for more information on Ukrainian eggs and the celebration of Easter in the Ukraine:

1.  Wikipedia 

2. Velykden is Ukrainian for Easter

The Legend of the Easter Egg

One day a poor peddler went to the marketplace to sell a basket of eggs.  He came upon a crowd mocking a man who staggered with a heavy cross
 on which he was about to be crucified. 

The peddler ran to his aid, leaving the basket by the roadside.  When he returned, he found the eggs transformed into exquisite designs of bright colors.

 The man was Christ; the peddler, Simon. 

And the eggs were to become the symbol of rebirth for all mankind.

                                  Ukrainian Folk Tale