Egg-Cellent Art: Traditional Ukrainian Egg Painting

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THE COLONY, TX --Okay, we've all colored Easter eggs at one point or another in our lifetime.

But, forget about using colored dye and vinegar, some folks are taking Easter egg painting to another level.

"Pysanky is a very very old art of Ukraine and it's been around pre-dating majority of major civilization. They've uncovered eggs over 3,000 years old,"  Pysanky artist Chrysta Geremesz explained.

On a Saturday afternoon, a group gathered at St. Sophia Catholic Church in The Colony, for a lesson in Pysanky.

"The word Pysanky in Ukrainian means to write, so the word Pysanka comes from that word."

Geremesz lead the lesson and explained to NewsFix the tradition and culture behind the art.

"When you're starting to make an egg, you're making a line all the way around the egg, never ending. So, that basically says this egg is giving you never ending either good luck, or whatever the other inspirations of the egg is. As you're making your, design everything has a meaning."

The artist says there's comfort in culture and when the local Ukrainian community gathers together. Political unrest and violence continues to plague her native country.

"We're literally stressed out," Geremesz said.  "This is a nice relaxing thing to do because we've been watching this unfold now for a year and a half. And we've known that it was going to come to an escalation of a war between Russia and Ukraine."

"It's a nice, quiet, relaxing thing to do. I'm not very good at it but I enjoy the process," Daria Zaluckyj added.

Geremesz explained it is customary to decorate a basket and fill it with the beautifully, ornate painted eggs. Then, the baskets are taken home, and the food is enjoyed with family and friends.

"Be proud of your heritage, to be proud of being Ukrainian which is a very unique culture that the world is yet to still find out. There's more about Ukraine that people haven't learned."

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