A class at the west side senior center is teaching people the traditional polish way of decorating Easter eggs known as pisanki. Their given a few starter designs to go with.
"You can kind of choose and work off that or you can do it identically. You just got to use your imagination," said Kristen Curley
Kristen says she normally doodles on paper, so making a design on the egg can be challenging.
"I have a lot of big clumps of wax on my egg to start off with, but other than that, I think it’s trying to figure out what you want to put on your egg," said Curley.
To make the design on the egg they put bee's wax into the stylist, melt it with a candle and then lay the melted wax onto the egg to make the design.
Then they’re dipped into a dye before the wax is removed.
“A lot of them are learning now how to take the wax off. That’s the difficult part, because it has to be melted. It’s sort of like a science experiment," said pisanki teacher Barbara Mickler.
Once the wax is wiped off the design starts to appear.
In the polish tradition eggs were given as a gift to guests as a way to wish someone a happy spring.
"This is quite the tradition that’s been handed down for generation to generation, so we are trying to continue and keep it going," said Mickler.
For Kristen it’s a way for her to connect with her heritage and bond with her mom.
"It’s fun to get to do things with my mom. I don’t get to see her that often and it’s nice to be able to get out and spend family time doing family related things with her," said Curley.
As part of more Easter celebrations; tomorrow at the west side senior center they will be carving a lamb out of butter, another Easter Polish tradition.
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