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A special collection of decorated
Our Museum's FIRST Hungarian
Saturday, March 28, 1998
A Lecture-Demonstration on the Art of Decorated Eggs
On Saturday, March 27, 2010,
"Seasonal Program: The Art of the Easter Egg"
We explored the symbolism in Hungarian Easter egg decorations, and participants got to decorate their own egg in the Hungarian style. The program was designed for all ages, with three levels of difficulty, and introduced various decorating techniques.
Presenters were: Tini Halácsy and Magda Temesváry
Magda Temesváry, folk artist and ethnographer, spoke on the symbolism of the decorative motifs found on Hungarian Easter eggs, and then our guests were able to decorate Easter eggs. Beginners could decorate papermaché eggs with Tini Halácsy, while the more advanced artists could try their hand with the "real thing" under Magda Temesváry's direction. Participants were living this ancient Hungarian tradition!
2010 március 27-én, szombaton 2 órakor a Magyar Muzeumban Húsvéti tojás diszitésről rendeztünk programot. Temesváry Magda, népmüvész, előadta a sok gyönyörű motivumról, majd utána neki láttunk a tojás diszítéshez. A fiatalabb vendégeink papirmaché tojást diszítettek Halácsy Tini segitségével, az idősebb müvészek pedig valódi tojást diszíthettek Magda irányításával.
Although made for Spring and Easter celebrations, the origins and meaning of the decorated egg reach far back into the mist of time. For thousands of years, eggs have been regarded as powerful symbols of life and the natural cycles of renewal. Throughout much of Europe, eggs were decorated and given away as token gifts in spring festivals celebrating the return of the sun.
With the onset of Christianity, these ancient customs were absorbed into
religious celebrations of Easter. This celebrated tradition has been
kept alive by generations of Hungarians who pass on their cultural heritage
to the present day. This constant flow of artistic ability from their ancestors
is revitalized again and again.
Photo c Emese Kerkay,
American Hungarian Museum Publication,
A rich assortment of traditional decorated eggs was on display at the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum at the former Richmond Mall location, from March 28 to May 2, 1998.
Our Easter Egg Workshop taught participants the art of decorating eggs with ancient designs and a variety of techniques that are uniquely Hungarian!
Easter Folk Customs
in Hungary [Sprinkling, in English]
Easter in Hungary [bilingual]
Huszákné Czencz Marietta tojásfestő [Egg Decorator, photos- magyarul]
Húsvéti ünnepek, hagyományok Székelyföldön - Easter Customs, emphasis on Transylvania [magyarul]
Húsvéti locsolóversek [magyarul]
Happy Easter - Boldog Húsvéti Ünnepeket
" GYEREKEKNEK "
EASTER LINKS FOR CHILDREN - magyarul
Husvéti mondókák gyerekeknek
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Hungarian bunny & egg - both hand decorated with traditional Hungarian designs. This bunny has been sold but similar items and a large selection of "hímestojás" or Hungarian decorated Easter eggs may be purchased in our GIFT SHOPPE.
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