After the family dilemma yesterday, we did finally go for lunch and enjoyed the company of family and the fellow villagers.
No time now to post pics of the Easter feast, but will do later this week. For now just a little post on the eggtivities. :0)
Coloring eggs is done here on Good Friday, better known as Big Friday in this part of the world. It is much the same, accept that as it is with almost everything else it takes a lot more time and effort.
Back home we start off with white eggs food coloring and vinegar. Dipping the eggs and coloring them takes a few seconds and you can make one egg a few colors with some careful dipping.
Here they start with Brown eggs ditto on the rest. The dying time is 10 minutes to an hour! Since it is so time intensive, eggs are only one color.!? But darker because the Eggs are brown to begin with. Designs can be created with leaves, or bags. I love that part of the creativity. I certainly appreciate the work put into them!
I can just imaging how shocked my Serbian sister in the U.S. was when we dyed eggs together. The colors were the pastels I am accustomed to. She asked if we could make the colors darker. Now I know why. That is what she was used to seeing. And the difference in color is kind of a let down when you are far from home and want to do something traditional. Definitive Culture Shock! Funny how it pops up at the weirdest moments.
There are no Egg hunts here, but there are serious competitions for egg tapping. The youtube video below shows what I mean. less than a minute in is all you need to watch.
I have only played this with the husband so far, My egg was the winner. He told me after, pointier eggs are best!
Decorations may be done with the new decals we find in the west, but old fashioned decorations are my favorite here. This pic is from Wikipedia from the Czech republic… but they use this technique all over Eastern Europe.
Learning new traditions is the really good part of being an expat.
Dobar Dan y’all
Very pretty brown eggs! Reminds me of the eggs Mom did from time to time. Evidently parts of Poland go with the brown eggs with pretty designs too. We went to the store and got one onion. Stuck it in a bag. Then went through the bin and collected a whole bag of loose brown onion skins! The people in the store (in Fort Loudon, mind you) thought we were nuts. But she made a really pretty brown dye with it.
Great post — I’m amazed by how much egg decorating “stuff” y’all have over there! I didn’t expect that. 🙂
I was shocked too. Always something new to learn.