host picture

  | Bookmark and Share

The art of writing Pysanky (Ukranian Easter eggs)

Ukrainskie_pisanki.jpgEvery Easter, we see those colourful, intricately illustrated Ukrainian eggs. They're called pysanky.

Those little drawings on the eggs - the flowers, lines and stars - are actually symbols with very specific meanings,  a tradition that actually pre-dates Christianity.
Gerry Zerebecky is a pysanky artist and enthusiast in Saskatoon. You can find Gerry's eggs at the local gift shop of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. Gerry explained the process of creating the designs and what they mean in a conversation with Sonali Karnick.

Download Flash Player to view this content.