Pysanka, which means “to write” in Ukrainian, involves intricate designs traced out in beeswax, where the egg is then dipped into dye, coloring the egg where it is bare. The process is repeated several times to create an exquisite, multi-colored pattern. This tradition of coloring Easter eggs dates back to pre-Christian Ukraine. 

The students at the Eastern Arts Center, along with Director, Keri English Giddes, are showing their love and support for Sviatohirsk (pronounced svee-ott-oh-hersk), Easton’s adopted sister city through Ukraine Aid International, by coloring Ukrainian-style Easter eggs. 

Ukraine celebrates Eastern Orthodox Easter, which is usually a week after Western Easter. This year, Ukraine’s Easter falls on April 16.

Thank you to the Easton Arts Center and its young artists for creating such joyful images for the people of Sviatohirsk, now enduring a second Easter, the most Holy Day of their faith, amidst a Russian Invasion. 

We encourage Easton residents to help make this Easter a more hopeful one for the residents of Sviatohirsk, who are in dire need of food supply and clean drinking water. 

Easton residents who would like to contribute to the partnership can visit the Ukraine Aid International website and select “Easton – Sviatohirsk Sister City” for where they’d like their donations to go.

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