JENKINTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – It’s a tradition among many to dye eggs for Easter. But the Ukrainian way is a bit different than your average egg.
When students from Saint Basil Academy, an all-girls Ukrainian Catholic high school in Jenkintown, think of Easter, they think of pisanka.
It’s a Ukrainian art form that continues to flourish onto a whole new generation of high school students.
“Every line, every little piece has a meaning – has real meaning,” Sister Susanne Matwiyiw, an art teacher at the high school, said. “It’s our heritage, this is the background of the school. It’s a beautiful heritage, I would say the Ukrainian Easter egg takes the cake.”
They may not look like what you’re used to, but they are Easter eggs.
“Winter was so long, so dormant, so quiet, so dreary,” Matwiyiw said. “When spring came, it was pure joy. And what a perfect, perfect object to compare the Easter egg, or the pisanka, with our lord.”
They’re called pisanka, and they’re a symbol of Ukraine and Christianity.
“I feel like there aren’t too many people who know about it,” a student said. “To make them, it’s really cool.”