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Happy Ukrainian Easter!

Yes, those aren’t pysanky in the bowl, but at least the embroidery comes from Ukraine!

Ukrainian Embroidery Easter Sonya Heaney April 2019

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Oh, Sri Lanka…

Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo

I’ve lost count of how many Sri Lankan stamps I have in my passports, but there are MANY. I used to stay there before and after every trip I made to India to visit my parents (they used to live there).

Sri Lankans are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Even when the civil war was still on, and there were sandbags and machine guns everywhere, and the airport staff raided your suitcases before they even let you into the building, they were always so nice about it.

I always tell this story, but one time I checked into a resort in Negombo (where over a hundred people were killed in the terror attacks), the elderly gardener saw me carrying a tiny bag up to my room, and came running to help.

I thought he’d want a tip, but by the time I’d got into my room, and turned around to tip him, he was long gone. He literally just wanted to help me. In the hotel world, this is not a normal experience…

Sri Lankans are just like this. Amazing people.

I am so upset about these attacks, and I’m so upset they won’t matter much according to the world’s news.

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Happy Easter!

We are having a very Ukrainian Easter here.

Ukrainian Easter Eggs Embroidery Pysanky in Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 2017

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Happy Easter!

Being Ukrainian Catholic, we don’t have our proper Easter until the first of May this year, but here are some pysanky – hand-painted Ukrainian Easter eggs.

Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs Sonya Heaney March 2016

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Happy Ukrainian (not just Orthodox!) Easter!

Ukrainian Easter Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 11th April 2015 2

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12/04/2015 · 8:30 am

It’s Ukrainian Easter this weekend!

You have permission to eat more Easter eggs…

 Ukrainian Easter Tuggeranong Canberra Australia 10th April 2015 Sonya Heaney.


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Ukrainian Easter

I’ve done this before, but I’ll do it again! Ukrainian Easter (no matter whether you’re Orthodox OR Catholic – like me!) is the week after the Easter you’re thinking of.

But anyway… Ukraine totally owns Easter. They have the most extraordinary hand-painted eggs. After hours of painting with beeswax and dyeing different colours, you then risk shattering the whole thing when you make pin holes in both ends of the eggshell and then blow the contents out.

Over the years I’ve seen some gorgeous eggs ruined at the last moment.


Ukrainian Easter Egg 1


Ukrainain Easter Egg 2


Ukrainian Easter Egg 3


Ukrainian Easter Egg 4

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