Preparing for Easter, do not forget about the environment!

There are many good traditions associated with this holiday in Transcarpathia. Easter is a special festive bread, which is baked on the eve of the holiday, decorating it with various figures from the dough, including a cruciform wreath, birds, flowers, etc. No less good tradition is the preparation of various Easter eggs.

To share the heritage of Easter cultural traditions of the mountainous part of Transcarpathia, in Synevyrska Polyana (the Khust district)was held a workshop on baking Easter bread (“paska”) and creating Easter eggs (“pysanka”) from beads for women and girls, including internally displaced persons.

The workshop was divided into two sections: adult participants baked Easter bread, and younger ones created Easter eggs from beads. An important task of the event was the environmental component. As the international environmental holiday Snowdrop Day fell during this period, the participants of the event learned a lot of interesting information about rare species of primroses in Transcarpathia. It was a question of careful treatment of these fragile harbingers of spring.

The girls, who work in the section of making Easter eggs from beads, reflected Red Book white spring flowers like spring snowflakes, saffron flowers, or snowdrops on Easter eggs. The forms of primroses also found their place on the Easter bread baked by the women of the second section. Preparations for Easter became a creative, cultural, and environmental event for the IDPs who took part in the workshop.

The event was held in cooperation with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies – IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (#NABU), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.

Informational Service of IERS

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