“It all started when there were pagan gods and the rite-of-spring,” Halyna Mudryj explained in her introduction of pysanky -decorated Ukrainian eggs- to her classes this spring at the Creative Alliance. Although now associated with Easter, 2000 years ago, pysanky were decorated as offerings to pagan gods, especially the sun god, Dazhboh, considered the giver of life. Used as talismans for bringing good fortune and keeping evil at bay, eggs were also symbols of life and rebirth, says Mudryj (pronounced “muud-ree”). As the Ukraine region became Christianized in 988 A.D., pagan pictures of nature such as animals, water and the sun took on new meaning and made room for crosses and other Christian symbols on the eggs. For example waves, which formerly represented the god of water, now represented “Christ walking on water,” she says.
Christians worldwide gather on Good Friday, the South Korean island of Jindo mourns, and Toronto’s embattled mayor tries to win again. Those events are among the stories in today’s photo brief.
Toyota hits the reset button on the Camry, suddenly having the air of a Lexus, giving it a sportier edge, the 2015 Subaru Outback seems a winning evolution of a winning formula, the Mustang rode to the top of the Empire State Building, and on the high end, Alfa Romeo makes its first return to the American spotlight in two decades and others sharpen their attack on Tesla as the New York International Auto Show kicks off. The show opens with a sneak preview to the public April 18th and runs through April 27th.
Mount de Sales senior lacrosse player Allie Hynson missed playing in her sophomore and junior years due to two consecutive ACL tears on the same knee. Now that she’s healed, she’s back on the field and finishing out her high school career with her friends and teammates.
A pretty pattern, but what is it, you say? Here are a number of abstractions made by Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine, filed on April 17, 1955. See if you can name the locations in the comments below.
A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives, Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass, a man walks in front of a fountain in the center of Lille and more.
Inmates perform the Broadway musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” inside Peru’s Sarita Colonia prison.
Boston began its memorials of last year’s marathon bombing attack, which killed three people and injured 264, on a quiet note Tuesday, with Mayor Martin Walsh and Cardinal Sean O’Malley visiting wreaths left at the spots where the two bombs went off.