The artwork of my Aunt Dorothy Buckwalter and the inspiration to learn
Thank you to everyone that joined us for the Pysanky egg demonstration. We had a great turn out. I also wanted to thank Cathy Witbeck for her outstanding explanation and lesson on the tradition of Pysanky eggs. She taught us that Pysanky comes from the verb “to write” in Ukrainian. Therefore the Psyanky eggs are messages given to loved ones in the Ukrainian tradition.
Some of the messages are in the colors and others are in the design. For instance, white stands for purity, green for new growth and hope, and red for love. The interesting symbol Kathy shared with us is that spiders stand for patience.
Kathy started when she was 12 years old because her mother introduced it to her. In Canada where she grew up there was a lot of Ukrainian influence. She has loved it ever since and now is helping other families to have a tradition to share together.
What are some of your family’s traditions? How did they start? Who is involved in each part of it? What are some new traditions you would like to share with your family members. Life is all about the connections we make and share with others. Sometimes we do things without sharing the why and how things were started. I think it makes the tradition richer to know the details behind it.
Take some time in the next week and look closely at some of your family’s traditions. Find out the details and maybe write them down so that other generations can share the why and how the traditions were started and why they are is important to carry on.
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