Pysanky for Peace
Decorated Easter eggs have been a tradition for many years, but this year, Ukrainian Easter eggs, also known as Pysanky, are being appreciated more deeply. Many organizations are holding Pysanky-decorating events or selling Pysanky and Pysanky-themed items to raise money in support of Ukraine.
Coloured eggs at this time of year are just one example of springtime. They represent new life, hope and their bright colours bring cheer. Baskets of them display nature's abundance for all to see.
In addition to eggs, we see other little things representing rebirth and hope: blooming hyacinths, daffodils, and early tulips in the garden. There're also the furry and fluffy ones: chicks and bunnies who look adorable and bring a smile to our face.
For children and the child-at-heart, we see eggs, bunnies and hens in chocolate form. Talented bakers even make their likeness in bread or cake form, using special molds. A basketful of all these treats can be a comforting tradition for many each spring.
Are you planning any egg decorating sessions this year? An egg hunt in the garden? If you're looking for a colourful way to use your creative energy, especially with little ones, check out these egg colouring pages by clicking here.
For those who do or don't celebrate Easter, there're other ways to mark the emergence of spring: an afternoon in the garden raking leaves, pruning, and sowing seeds. A visit to the botanical gardens to see the spring bulbs on display. Even spring cleaning (especially on those rainy April days).
However you choose to spend the long weekend, we do hope you find a few minutes to appreciate the spring flowers and the scent of damp, fresh earth. Speaking of earth, we'll be discussing Earth Day next week. Until then, we wish you a happy and healthy Easter and Passover!