The sixth workshop of the project “pysanka – Ukrainian crafts, Brazilian, Santa Catarina” was held last weekend, 24th and April 25th in the city of Canoinhas-SC.
The enthusiasm of the participants was reflected in the work, the workshop was very productive, and surprised by quality of the first revealed pysanka. The “Mothers Club” of the community have been mobilized during the workshop to follow up, scheduling new meetings to do the pysanka. Also some ladies of the “Nucleus of Women Entrepreneurs of Canoinhas” expressed concern that the Ukrainian community will participate in monthly exhibitions of handicrafts, demonstrating the ancient art of pysanka made by people in the city.
With the support of the Ukrainian local community, through the priest Mark Andreiv and religious the Order of St. Basil the Great, the workshop was coordinated by Vilson Kotviski and Oksana Sliwinski Kotviski.
The contemporaneous art of pysanka was demonstrated in the town of Craveiros on 10th and 11th of april 2010, by the fourth workshop of the cultural project “Pysanka – Crafts Ukrainian, Brazilian, Catarinense.”
Craveiros is a rural municipality of Santa Terezinha-SC, where we met a young Ukrainian reall lively and participatory. According to reports of staff, it was the first time it happened, a course were everyone was really excited for the opportunity and for the results. Sister Emily, who worked for the class organization, thanked on behalf of the community, and asked to never forgetfor the future projects the town of Craveiros, which gave her a great reception for everybody.
The course was coordinated by Vilson Kotviski, one of the exponents of the art of pysanka in Brazil, author of “pysanka – from Ukraine to Brazil” (2004) and the DVD “The Art of Painting pysanka” (2007).
The Ukrainian Community of Mafra-SC received the third workshop of the Project “Pysanka – Ukrainian, Brazilian and Catarinense’s crafts” realized on 20th and 21st March 2010.
The course was very productive and has revealed many talents. More than just Mafra’s people had taken part, we also had representatives of the Ukrainian community of Guaramirin-SC, who moved from his city, especially to attend the workshop.
The workshops participants reported on their questionnaires, that they were very satisfied and that would like to have more time on doing this enjoyable activity, and more, they showed enthusiasm of learning. On Sunday, many visitors might know the first pysanka’s products that were made in the workshop and they also had a brief explanation from the coordinator Kotviski, who had a great knowledge about art and about the project, funded by the Bid of Anderle Elizabeth a Stimulusto the Culture.
A Páscoa para os ucranianos, além de ser a festa litúrgica mais importante do ano, é um grande momento de manifestação cultural. E na comunidade da Paróquia São Basílio Magno em União da Vitória-PR não é diferente, durante toda a quaresma são realizadas celebrações especiais, como a dos Dons Pré-Santificados, Parastás, procissões e adorações, tudo em função da lembrança dos últimos momentos de Cristo e sua Ressurreição.
Um dos mais belos momentos desta época é a Bênção das Paskas (pão especial e ritualístico da Páscoa, enfeitado com ramos de trigo, folhas, flores, feitos com a própria massa). As mesmas são levadas à igreja em cestas, contendo outros alimentos como linguiça, carne de porco, manteiga, queijo, khrin, ovos cozidos, sal. Estes alimentos são consumidos pelas famílias na manhã do domingo de Páscoa. Também destacam-se nas cestas a presença das pêssankas, os famosos ovos tradicionais com símbolos milenares, que são dados de presente aos parentes e amigos respeitados após serem abençoados.
Nesta época, os ucranianos passam a se cumprimentar com os dizeres: Khrestós Voskrés! (Cristo Ressuscitou!), Voísteno Voskrés (Verdadeiramente Ressuscitou!).
A tradição da Bênção da Paska é muito forte em toda a comunidade ucraniana. Cerca de 650 cestas foram abençoadas na tarde do sábado de aleluia na Matriz de São Basílio Magno, além de outras que levaram à noite. Também nas colônias, e em alguns pontos das cidades de Porto União e União da Vitória as famílias levam seus alimentos para serem abençoados.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Community of Cologne Jangada do sul (Porto União-SC) received 06 days in March 7th,2010 and the first workshop of the project “Pysanka – Crafts Ukrainian, Brazilian, Santa Catarina”. Participants from many ages and groups took part of the workshop, it was very productive and was prepared many and beaultiful pysankas. According to the teacher Paolyck Alda (64), this workshop is a dream becoming true, “because I always wanted to know the process of making the pysanka, but never had the opportunity. The youth of the community living in the rural area, were very interested and were excited to continue, mainly because they already have the necessary materials. Even further meetings will be scheduled for making pysankas.The bill, authored by Vilson Kotviski, who is one of the winners of the Call Elizabeth Anderle Stimulus Culture (Culture Foundation of Santa Catarina), and though the support of Father Pedro Blachenchen and president Comunity Antonio Seroiska it was possible the realization of this workshop, which rekindled interest in the art of pysanka in one of the first Ukrainian colony in Brazil”.