Easter

            Is it safe to say that winter is behind us? Easter heralds a new season and it is unlikely that any of us in Beacherland will take for granted the warmer days ahead. At this time of year, decorated eggs symbolize rebirth. Below are some websites that feature some of those exquisite eggs. A few other sites mentioned, while not directly related to Easter, have to do with hope, too.

Easter Facts and Traditions (www.factmonster.com/spot/easter.). Short explanations are geared for schoolchildren, and perhaps the rest of us who have become too lazy to read more than 500 words at one time. Passover is also explained. Links to other holidays take you to easy-to-read material. Factmonster, developed by Information Please, aggregates information in a simple format. If you want to try finding information outside of, say, Wikipedia, this might be a simpler choice.

Easter Around the World (www.aerostamps.com/chetski/holidays/Easter/traditions). Unlike Christmas, Easter traditions are not as diverse, it appears. I found a “recipe” for making colored eggs according to a German tradition, where eggs are boiled with onion peels, or beet juice, or spinach juice for coloring. Old-fashioned, maybe, but the coloring method might appeal to parents who don’t like the idea of using packaged food coloring. I wanted to find out about the tradition of bonfires at Easter in Germany, but the link was broken.

House of Faberge (www.faberge.de). Who can resist looking at the bejeweled eggs that Tsar Nicholas commissioned for Easter gifts? The tradition of creating these wonderful objects of art continues today, with contemporary themes created by Faberge artist Victor Mayer. Choose the link on the home page that takes you to a gallery of Mayer’s work. I don’t recall seeing any prices, but then, if one has to ask, then he or she can’t afford it.

Learn Pysanki (www.learnpysanki.com/steps/). Anyone can learn how to make (write) the decorative eggs that are a Ukrainian tradition. Just follow the step-by-step, illustrated instructions, and pick a design from a selection that ranges from basic to advanced. This website provides bunches of information, including original dye recipes and explanations for the symbols and colors.

Pysanki Showcase (www.pysankishowcase.com). This website belongs to Patty Wishnuk-De Angelo, a New Jersey Pysanki writer whose work was selected to be exhibited at the White House in 2004. The gallery is loaded with beautiful eggs to view. One that especially caught my attention was an etched emu egg of a Cossack. If you are considering the idea of writing some Pysanki, you might want to view this gallery first in order to gather some design ideas.

Fortune Cookie Fortunes (www.chinese-fortune-cookie.com). Don’t laugh: I purchased some plastic fortune cookies to insert “fortunes” for a group warm-up activity, and I needed ideas. Imagine my delight when I found this website, offering four different .PDF files to download and print. The challenge of writing my own fortunes was solved, except for having to cut each little strip and inserting them into their plastic home. Made me wonder how those fortunes we find tucked inside the sugary cookie get in there. If anyone travels to San Francisco, they can find out by taking a tour of a fortune cookie factory. I’m packed and ready to go. What a great Beacher feature that would be! All I need now is an airline ticket.

The Internet Rainbow (www.the-internet-rainbow.co.nr). It will take you less than two seconds to add your personal color to a growing band of “rainbow.” Mine is a shade of green, and I guess I was the 249,813th person to add a color. I’m not sure what value this site has, other than a time-waster. (Via Growabrain).

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~ by IndianaDunesPoet on March 19, 2008.

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