Painted Eggs

Egg decoration is very popular in the Romanian tradition. The painted eggs are a testimony of the Easter customs, believes and habits, representing an element of spiritual culture characteristic to Romania and nearby countries.
In Bucovina, more than anywhere else, painting eggs is raised to the art level. The folkloric motifs used can be found in all the Romanian symbolism: the sun, the leaf and as a reconfirmation of our christianity, the cross. The egg decoration does not end on painting, there are many techniques used and some of them are kept secret. Although nowadays there are a lot of new chemical paints, some prefer to do it in the traditional way, like using onion peels to get orange or red colors. Real leaves are sometimes applied to the egg’s surface and after the painting they are removed, leaving a natural shape on the egg.

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