Spring is in Ukraine! Nature is resurrected and life is resurrected! It’s so close to Easter. And Ukrainians take up the ancient art of painting Easter eggs as a symbol of the eternity of life. Also in the pre-holiday worries, housewives try to decorate their own homes as best as possible. Arrangements created with their own hands for Easter will decorate the house or become a holiday gift.
A workshop on making wonderful paper souvenirs for the main Christian holiday, namely bunnies, Easter eggs, and greeting cards, was held for children who were forced to move from other regions and members of the ecological center. Oksana Kremin, head of the department of organizational and mass work of TRENCSY, showed how small masterpieces can be created with the help of ordinary paper. The children were deeply into creativity, and then they enthusiastically demonstrated products created with their own hands.
It is important that we used waste paper and previously used colored paper to make Easter handicrafts. That is, “gave new life to old things” in order to preserve the environment. Oksana drew the children’s attention to think about how to reduce their ecological footprint and try to turn waste into a creative process. If everyone thinks about their own responsibility for the environmental situation in the country, the pollution of nature will be reduced at least a little.
The Easter Bunny comes to European children and brings colored Easter eggs or chocolate eggs, which he carefully hides on the day of the main Christian holiday. Although there are many versions today about the origin of the bunny as a symbol of Easter. One thing is certain – children like it. Under the warm spring sun, the children happily played the moving game “Find Me”. Hidden bunnies and Easter eggs in the green grass were found in minutes.
The workshop was not in vain, the participants deepened their knowledge of ecology, thought about personal responsibility for environmental protection, and joined in preserving Ukrainian traditions. The participants took the created products with them. “Although I am far from home now, I will definitely decorate the current room with these bunnies and Easter eggs, and I will keep the greeting card I drew today for my dad when he returns from the war,” said Darynka from Kharkiv.
The event was held in cooperation with the Transcarpathian Regional Ecological and Naturalistic Center of Students Youth with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies – IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) with the support of the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.
Informational Service of IERS