Ukrainians in Canada launch Pysanky for Peace exhibition

March 12,2024 757
Ukrainians in Canada launch Pysanky for Peace exhibition

Ukrainians in Canada have announced the opening of the Pysanky for Peace exhibition, organized for the third consecutive year in Calgary, before Easter.

This initiative pays tribute to the Ukrainian Easter tradition of making or “writing” pysanky, carefully decorated Easter eggs featuring intricate designs in various styles and colours,” organizers wrote.

This year, the exhibition features fifty different pysankas. Ukrainian masters will decorate the eggs, showcasing various patterns of different sizes, from ordinary to large.

The Hutsuls of the Carpathian Mountains in Western Ukraine cherish a heartfelt belief: As long as the egg decorating custom continues, the world will exist. If, for any reason, this custom is abandoned, evil will overrun the world. If the number of pysanky created each year is low the chains of evil are loosened, and evil is free to wander the earth causing havoc and destruction. If, on the other hand, the number of pysanky has increased, the chains of evil are tightened, and good triumphs over evil for yet another year,” organizers write.

One can see the pysanky at the Calgary Courts Centre. The exhibition is open from March 4th and will continue until March 30th. 

Photos: Pysanky for Peace

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