I really enjoyed my pysanka workshop last Saturday at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. We started with a quick lesson on the pronunciation of pysanka (the stress is on the first syllable, not the middle), followed by a short film that outlined the general process. I was surprised (and pleased) to learn that the craft of pysanka pre-dates Christianity by a few thousand years. These are ancient symbols, folks. Powerful stuff.
Besides spending a peaceful hour and a half crafting away, preparing for Easter, it also inspired me to learn more about my Ukrainian heritage. I always say that I’m only Ukrainian in name – I know nothing else about my culture. I don’t speak it, sing it, dance it, or cook it. I’m good at eating Ukrainian food, but that’s about all I got. I think my egg turned out pretty nicely. Not bad for my first attempt in 25 years.