Easter Egg Workshop: Save The World Make Pysanky
Join us at Site 3 to learn how to make your own pysanky (wax-resist decorate eggs)! Perfect for pagan fertility festivals, Easter, or general spring decorations! You course fee of $10 includes two eggs; you can make additional eggs on-site for $5 each. The course is run on a casual, drop-in basis from 11am to 6pm; come when you like, and stay as long as you want!
The Hutsuls –– Ukrainians who live in the Carpathian Mountains of western Ukraine –– believe that the fate of the world depends upon the pysanka. As long as the egg decorating custom continues, the world will exist. If, for any reason, this custom is abandoned, evil –– in the shape of a horrible serpent who is forever chained to a cliff –– will overrun the world. Each year the serpent sends out his minions to see how many pysanky have been created. If the number is low the serpent's chains are loosened and he is free to wander the earth causing havoc and destruction. If, on the other hand, the number of pysanky has increased, the chains are tightened and good triumphs over evil for yet another year.
(Photograph for flyer by Luba Petrusha, used under a CC-BY-SA-2.5 license.)