“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.
Bubba Watson wins Masters, Valparaiso fire, Paris-Roubaix, Grumpy Cat on the red carpet, Color Run Paris | April 13
Bubba Watson wins Masters, Valparaiso fire, Paris-Roubaix, Grumpy Cat on the red carpet, Color Run Paris and more in today’s daily brief.
India’s elections are underway, Angela Merkel is conducting a visit to a paired-down Greece, and sovereignty questions are disrupting lifestyles at borders from Rafah to Rubizhne. Those are some of the stories in Friday’s daily photo brief.
The Sith Lord, or at least an unnamed protester dressed up as him who has often been seen on Kiev’s Independence Square during the winter protests flanked by his loyal Stormtroopers, announced he was running for president as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP). Ukraine is holding a snap presidential election on May 25, 2014 after parliament ousted pro-Moscow leader Viktor Yanukovych following months of protests.
Missing plane said to have crashed in Indian Ocean, Washington landslide kills at least 8, Ukraine evacuates Crimea | March 24
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the missing Malaysian airliner ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean, a landslide killed at least eight people in northwestern Washington state, Ukraine orders the evacuation of its troops and their families from Crimea, and more in today’s daily brief.
Twin polar bear cubs, million dollar dogs, activists take over Taiwan’s parliament, an Easter apple tree | March 19
Twin polar bear cubs, million dollar dogs, activists take over Taiwan’s parliament, an Easter apple tree and more in today’s daily brief.
Residents in Crimea voted as expected, overwhelmingly opting to join Russia and break away from Ukraine in Sunday’s referendum, Reuters reports.
Friday’s photo brief includes a migration of Ukraine protests to London, a smog warning in Paris and a speech by David Cameron protesting Scots’ desire for independence.
Protesters reportedly clash in Crimea as tensions rise in Ukraine, the U.S. women’s 4×400 relay team take the gold at the indoor track and field world championships, cats strut their stuff in Romania and more in today’s photo brief.
Images of pro-Russia demonstrators during the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. Text and photos by Reuters