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Big Blend Radio: Pysanky - Ukrainian Easter Eggs

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This special Easter Big Blend Radio podcast was recorded on site at the 40th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival held in July 2019 in Natchitoches, the oldest settlement in Louisiana. The interview features Nicole Holcombe who explains the art and folk history behind Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs), an ancient wax-resistant technique that originated in Eastern Europe. The designs and colors are symbolic of wishes for wealth, health, fertility, long life, happiness and other good wishes for the person destined to receive the egg. Ukrainian legend has it that as long as pysanky are made or given, the world will continue to exist.Have fun with our Pysanky Online Jigsaw Puzzle.

Featured music on this episode is “Walking Wheel” from the new album “Colin Edwin, Jon Durant, Inna Kovtun” that features traditional Ukrainian and Slavic folk elements alongside slices of modern electronica, prog rock, and a full range of deep atmospherics.