|Pysanky, yahoo image, a wax-resist|
process and painted.
Luba took out a pretty straw basket and filled it with her cakes and eggs, added a few icons and a bottle of vodka, and covered it all with a pretty embroided cloth. We then went to the big Cathedral near downtown, which was crowded with people from all over the region who had done the same thing. The priest, using twigs of pussy willow, a first sign of spring, sprayed water on us and the baskets. Some people brought their own willow branches to be blessed. There was a tradition about tapping people on the head with these branches afterward, but I don't remember the details. I think it was for good luck. Does someone else remember? There was no service, no speaking. Just the spray of water. Then we went back home, blessed, and had a great meal.
Happy spring and glorious rebirth to all.
|Luba out in the garden, doing what she loves best. Her garden in spring.|
|St. Nicholas Church, in center of Starobelsk,|
taken by Dima, an English Club member. So lovely.