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Mystical Power Of The Pysanka

March 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - April 21, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

Ukrainian Easter Eggs by Sofika Zielyk

March 28 – April 12, 2015

Opening reception March 27 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. RSVP HERE

Easter egg, pysanka, decorating is one of the most interesting expressions of Ukrainian folk art. This tradition is very old and its beginnings reach back to antiquity, when in attempting to understand creation, ancient people developed myths in which the egg was perceived as the source of life, the sun and the universe. Although such similar myths are found in many cultures of the word, Ukrainians today are one of the few groups of people who still strongly adhere to many of the ancient traditions associated with the egg.

The Ukrainian pysanka (from the word pysaty, to write) was believed to possess an enormous power not only in the egg itself, which harbored the nucleus of life, but also in the symbolic designs and colors which were drawn upon the egg in a specific manner, according to prescribed rituals. The intricately colored eggs were used for various social and religious occasions and were considered to be a talisman, a protector against evil, as well as harbingers of good.

Exhibit hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mystical Power Of The Pysanka


March 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
April 21, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
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Ukrainian Institute of America