Hand painted Easter eggs - Easter wetting

From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth, new life, in most cultures.
The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians.
Starting with Holy Thursday, people start painting Easter eggs in a multitude of colors.
Hand painted Easter eggsThese are my blown eggs (created by piercing the shell with a needle and blowing out the contents).

Transylvania has a mixed population.
Due to the differences between the western churches and the Eastern Orthodox Churches some of us celebrate Easter twice each year, one after the other. The former now use the Gregorian calendar to calculate the date of Easter, while the latter still use the original Julian calendar.
Easter egg Easter eggsThese eggs are just for fun, there is nothing left inside them.
That's why I shall dye some Easter eggs with onion skins too, the good, old, natural dye.

If you would like to try to hand-paint your Easter eggs, have a look at theses simple egg painting models and coloring pages.

Easter wetting.

In Transylvania, there is a tradition called "the wetting", a popular pastime throughout the region.
Every year, on Easter Monday, the boys, armed with buckets of water are waiting for the girls to come out of their houses. As soon as they appeared, the boys wet them with water. The girls reward the boys who had wet them by giving them the most beautiful decorated Easter eggs and cake.

Today, this tradition is practiced with more gentility. Boys in the city use perfume to sprinkle on the girls' heads on Easter Monday.
I wish you and your families



Marie Patterson Studio said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I LOVE those eggs!!!!

Cheryl Finley said...

These are magnificient works of art! Each one a gift of Spring..and new beginnings!

Meda said...

Wow! When did you have time to paint all those eggs?

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