Romania’s Painted Easter Eggs: A Story of Art and Tradition

Diana Condrea
Diana Condrea
Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer. You can find Diana on LinkedIn

The painted Easter eggs are the most colorful and loved part of this religious celebration in Romania. You’ll find them in every house, at every Easter meal, at church, and even at picnics. Their origin goes back at least a couple of centuries, and today they represent the most popular image of Orthodox Easter.

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Painted Easter eggs

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Art from the rural world

Painting Easter eggs became an art of its own in Romania’s villages, and only women mastered initially this technique. Despite the long and meticulous process, Romanian artisans have transformed Easter eggs into unique works of art.
 
The colors and symbols used to decorate the eggs vary according to the region, but three-four colors are constantly used. Red is love, black is eternity, yellow is youth and rich crops while green represents nature, and blue means health and sunny skies.
 
The decorative motifs are also diverse, mixing symbols like the cross or the star with nature and animal representations. The use of symbols is also influenced by regional and local elements. This is the case of the artisans from Ciocanesti, Bucovina, who use the geometrical motifs painted on the houses from their village to decorate their creations.

Romanian Easter Eggs

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The lines used in the painting process have their own meaning. If the straight vertical line means life, the horizontal one means death. The double straight line and the spiral symbolize eternity while the curved line is water and purification.

The art of painting eggs is best represented in Bucovina, a place of great spirituality. You can visit two museums dedicated to the painted Easter eggs in this region, each with thousands of eggs exhibited.

Discover The Egg Museum, in Vama, and  – The International Museum of Eggs Lucia Condrea, in Moldovita.

Travel tips

These painted eggs are not as fragile as you imagine and they’re wonderful souvenirs. Buy at least one from Bucovina.

You can find painted eggs in most souvenir shops across the country. Ask for more details about the artisan to be sure you’re buying an original.

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