Happy Easter!

Paşte fericit!
In Romania the tradition of decorating eggs is ancestral.
In old times painted eggs were believed to have magic powers and their preparation involved special rituals. Each color or pattern used to decorate the egg was meant to combat a different for of evil.
In some parts of Romania (especially in the North in a region called Maramureş) – where you can also find the Wooden Churches and the Merry Cemetery from Sapanta, newly wedded couples keep painted eggs in their homes as charms to protect their home, bring equilibrium and secure happiness in marriage.

It takes a long time, talent and patience to paint these eggs. First they are emptied of their contents and covered with a thin layer of bees wax. Then the meticulous work can begin. Using special tools like “chisita” women “write” the motifs in vegetal (natural) colors. Each element has a specific meaning and nothing is left to chance.
A Romanian painted egg tells you a story, if you know how to read it. Among the many stylized motifs you’ll often find the tree of life, the sun and the Star, the cross, the rooster, the snake and oak leaves, waves, spirals and much more. Each egg is unique. This art, although not kept a secret, is not taught in schools: it’s a folkloric legacy, carried from generation to generation, flourishing only in some parts of Romania.

three comments

Wrote three years ago
These are so beautiful. I love Easter, and these eggs are truly fascinating. :)

Wrote 4 years ago

Wrote 4 years ago
Oh how wonderful, dear! Thank you so much for sharing these amazing images from your culture! Hope you had a very happy Easter!


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