Easter Eggs: Symbols of Rebirth and Renewal

Easter Eggs: Symbols of Rebirth and Renewal

Patrick J. Donmoyer

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For hundreds of years, the egg has captured the imagination of cultures and religions throughout the world as a symbol of the mystery of creation and the reawakening of the earth at springtime. Since the Middle Ages, Christians have decorated eggs as symbols of resurrection and new life. This exhibition booklet explores age-old European Easter egg traditions and how present-day Pennsylvanians are keeping them alive. From the colorful Pysanky eggs of Ukrainian immigrants to the intricate scratched eggs of the Pennsylvania Dutch and the Lithuanians, the Easter egg embodies the vibrant mosaic of Pennsylvania’s diverse cultural and sacred expressions. (48pp. color illus. PA German Cultural Heritage Center, 2024.)

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