Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter eggs-Wet Monday

Easter celebration brings together lots of traditions, partially religious, partially pagan, which are respected especially in the rural areas from Transylvania but in big cities, where I live, too.
The Easter Holiday season ends with Wet Monday or the second day of Easter.
Easter eggs in a basket 

Wet Monday refers to the traditional pranks involving dousing people with water. Either for religious purposes or just for fun, or even out of inertia, everybody respects the Easter wetting tradition. Nowadays the tradition consists of boys visiting girls and wetting them with perfumes or cologne, to stay beautiful all year long.
Easter eggs dyed with onion skin

Girls have to stay at home and reward the boys who had wet them with beautifully decorated eggs, cake and drinks. See how I dye eggs the old way, with natural dye prepared of onion skins and decorate them with leaves for this special day.
I also make a few hand painted eggs too, you can see them at this link.
Easter egg decoration with leaves 

After a long week of working ourselves to death by thorough cleaning the house from carpets to curtains and gardens, shopping, preparing special sweets, lamb roast, dying Easter eggs, visiting friends and some of us, going to the church, as the tradition asks, Easter holiday season ends and tomorrow we can finally rest at work.

13 comments:

antigoni said...

Love the eggs and all the traditions. Great post and photos!

ewok1993 said...

Those eggs are works of art and should be under a glass cabinet or something.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love the eggs and the traditions as well! What a fun day for everyone! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

SquirrelQueen said...

The eggs are gorgeous, they do look like works of art. I really enjoyed learning about the traditions of your country.

Arija said...

Beautifully precise prints on your eggs! We do our's the same way. It is always good to keep up traditions, after all, they add strcture to our lives.

Barb said...

What intricate eggs! Have a nice work/rest day!

VioletSky said...

You have some beatifully decorated eggs. I just bought some eggs decorated by a Czech woman at an art show. Much more delicate and elbaborate than ours usually are.

Indrani said...

So beautifully done all of them.
Precious memories.

Ann said...

Interesting water tradition. I know the Portuguese and the Thais do it. Now I know you also ,

How did you dye the leaves on the eggs? Some one too used onion skin.

ladyfi said...

What delightful eggs!

jean luc said...

Buna Maia , and thanks for sharing part of your culture and traditions

Very interesting

have a nice day

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

What intricately painted eggs. Thank you for sharing.

Kilauea Poetry said...

I think your eggs are fabulous btw!! Really nice job!!

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