First time pysanka student, Fr. Yurij Mulyarchuk recounted his experience during the class: “This was my first time in my life that I made a pysanka. I was afraid at the beginning how my egg would turn out but then at the end I was surprised how my pysanka turned out-I was very glad and happy. I hope to make another one next year.” Several of the workshop participants had attended the previous workshops and were ready to jump right back in and learn something new.
Seminarian Volodymyr Yavorksyi commented on his second experience making pysanky: “During the class, I learned how to make a pysanka. The class was very interesting for me. This year I made a better pysanka than last year. Hope that next year, my pysanka will be even better. With every year, I gain more experience.” Keeping the tradition and practices of the Ukrainian people alive is at utmost importance for some students—especially during the recent events taking place in Ukraine.
Subdeacon Ivan Chopko enjoyed Monday’s class on pysanky, even though it was four hours long, because it reminded him of his childhood and the importance of Ukrainian culture.
The history, tradition and symbolism of the pysanka have survived several centuries—and will continue into the future as long as there are people who cherish and uphold these Ukrainian traditions.
Missed this year’s workshop? Join us next year when we continue the tradition and make more pysanky!
By Dobrodijka Oksana Pasakas
Photos by the Seminarians