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Ukrainian Easter Egg (Pysanka) – Tradition And Design

Our family celebrates spring with preparations for Easter Sunday Holiday and decorating of Easter Eggs. There are many ways to decorate eggs, such us coloring them with edible dyes in all different pastel colors, placing colorful stickers, beads, ribbons, etc. on eggs, drawing designs with markers, etc. There is also a very intricate egg decorating style, which I will introduce you to, and that is the Ukrainian Easter Egg, Pysanka, design.

My parents were my first mentors, and story tellers, about this old tradition, which was very popular in their native countries, Ukraine and Poland, and continues to thrive in the Diaspora

Valentine’s Day Recipe

This recipe is very special, yet simple, since all the necessary ingredients are always on hand, and ready to use, but the preparation time takes 365 days, and a suggested time to start is on Valentine’s Day.

Twelve Rules For A Happy Marriage

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there is no better time than now to think about friendships, relationships, love, and marriage. Of course everyone wants to be loved and appreciated all the time, but Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to express it in a very special way.

I came across this article a very long time ago, saved it, and decided to post it at this special time of the year, when so much love is in the air. I don’t know who the author is, or even where I originally got it from, but would love to share it with all my readers, especially my children, nieces, and nephews, and their loved ones.

Necklace and Earrings, as gifts for Bridesmaids.

I just visited a site which posted several great ideas for Brides-to-Be, to utilize as gifts for their Bridesmaids. I left my comments about a stunning gift my daughter-in-law created for her Bridesmaids, a bead necklace and matching earrings, in complementing colors to their dresses. She bought the beads, and created the jewelry by herself, which gave this gift a very thoughtful and personal touch. Every time the girls will wear this jewelry, they will remember the special day they all shared together.

Ukrainian New Year Celebration – Julian Calendar

Christmas celebration on December 24-25, and New Year on December 31-1,(Gregorian calendar), are well known dates to the majority of the population, however, per Julian calendar, Christmas is celebrated on January 6-7, some call it Orthodox Christmas, and the New Year is celebrated on January 13-14. Ukrainian’s call this New Year “Malanka”, the day of St. Melania, or “Generous Eve” (Shchedryi Vechir).