Grade two class make pysanky as they learn about Ukraine

Last week the grade two class learned about Ukraine.  Pysanky were traditionally given as a gift around Easter.  There are symbols on the eggs which represent your prayer or wish for the receiver of the pysanky.  For example, if you receive an egg with wheat on it, the giver wishes you good health and good harvest.  the colours also represent different things.  Red symbolized the sun, life, joy: yellow stood for wealth and fertility: green was the symbol of Spring and plant life.  Pysanky is made using a wax-resist method.  Bees wax is applied to the egg and then the egg is dipped in coloured dye.  We are thankful that we could learn about pysanky and how these beautiful eggs are made.  They require a lot of concentration and planning.