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Egg Decorating Is Serious Business In Ukraine

pysanka

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • serious business: considered important; not a joke or “just for fun”
  • intricate: very detailed
  • dye: a substance that adds colour to something
  • construct: to make; to build
  • motif: a repeated design

Egg Decorating Is Serious Business In Ukraine

┬áPeople have been decorating eggs in the springtime for thousands of years. Eggs life and rebirth. Long ago, Christians painted eggs red to symbolize Christ’s blood. In Ukraine, egg decorating is serious business. An museum is dedicated to intricately decorated eggs called pysanky. The word pysanky comes from the Ukrainian word “to write”. The egg designs are written in before dye is applied. Several layers of wax and dye are used to create the design. Ukraine’s Museum of Eggs was built in the year 2000. The museum itself was constructed in the shape of . Over 10,000 hand-crafted eggs are on display. Ukrainian eggs typically feature motifs.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What do eggs symbolize?
  2. Why is a Ukrainian egg called a pysanka?
  3. What designs are typically found on Ukrainian Easter eggs?

Discussion Questions: Do you enjoy visiting museums when you travel? What types of museums are the most interesting, and why?

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