My memories of coloring Easter eggs in Poland Posted by on Mar 31, 2018 in Culture

Pisanki (Polish painted Easter eggs) comes from the Polish word “pisać”, which means to write. Originating as a pagan tradition, pisanki were absorbed by Christianity to become the traditional Easter eggs. Pisanki are now considered to symbolise the revival of nature and the hope that Christians gain from faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Coloring Easter eggs is very much alive in Poland today as well as enjoyed by Polish people all over the world. There are different techniques, some of them are very simple, some are more time consuming. But they are all a lot of fun!

My personal favorite was always coloring eggs with all natural items, like plants for example. The very popular way of coloring eggs in Poland is boiling them in onion skins. They come out absolutely beautiful! They are different shades of brown or brick red…not perfect, they can have different shades on them, but that’s what makes them so beautiful and unique:)

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A lot of times we would scrape a design on them, which I guess would make them “skrobanki” (“skrobać” means “to scrape”). You could scrape patterns, animals, trees, flowers… This was definitely a lot of work, but they came out pretty!

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Of course sometimes we would just use regular food coloring and make them pretty rainbow colors!

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All the eggs were put in a basket, along with sausage, bread, butter, salt, pepper and a pice of cake and brought to the church for the blessing of the Easter basket on Saturday. Next day we were able to eat all blessed food, along with all the other Easter breakfast dishes!

Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych! Happy Easter!

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.