Painting the eggs

Painting eggs is an ancient custom in Romanian tradition. Painted eggs are a testimony to the traditions, beliefs and customs of Easter, representing a specific spiritual element of Romanian culture.
Since the red egg is the bearer of profound meanings about Christ’s resurrection and renewal of nature, Christians have labored to paint it, drawing wax ancestral motifs of rare beauty.
The egg, seen as a symbol primordial seed of life, according to tradition, is painted and penned on Thursday of Holy Week, The practice of colouring eggs being reserved almost exclusively to women. In Romanian mythology painted egg patterns have interesting symbolism that includes a multitude of legends. The pattern that appears more frequently in the Botosani are spiral sun, the Easter Cross, the spade or the rake.

: Botoșani ethnographic area
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