Easter Traditions Workshop and Celebration Scheduled
Family-friendly event includes children's classes and homemade baked goods

The celebration of Lent and Easter in the Polish-American community is one of great fasting, great feasting, wrapped in age-old family and church traditions. Unfortunately, many of these traditions have been lost over time. But, now is the chance to revive them for your family.

Swieconka, a Polish Easter Traditions workshop and celebration will take place on Sunday, March 21st from 12-5 PM at Our Lady of Hungary Parish Hall, 545 N Belle Vista Avenue, Youngstown, OH, 44509-1597. This FREE event will have workshops throughout the day as well as offer a traditional Easter baked goods and other ethnic items available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle to defray the cost of new costumes.

Children will not be left out! At 2 PM members of the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle will host a participatory song & dance workshop at 2 PM featuring easy steps and holiday material. At 2:30 children can enjoy their own folk art workshop session with material created just for them! A coloring contest will be ongoing throughout the day and there will even be a chance to get your picture taken as everyone's favorite Easter item, the baranek wielkanocny (Butter Lamb) Note the silly picture!! Complete schedule HERE

NEW THIS YEAR: Why fill your baskets with chocolate bunnies when you can use chocolate pierogi! These delicious, high-quality milk chocolate little dumplings will be available for $1.50 and be the perfect addition to your Polish child, grandchild or others Easter basket.

The series of workshops will be conducted by noted folklorist and author, Lawrence Kozlowski, who gathered a wealth of treasured Polish Lenten and Eastertide practices, rituals foods and folk crafts practiced for generations in Polish-American communities. This hands-on workshop will afford participants the chance to learn about, discuss and even create those items long associated with the celebration of Lent and Easter.

"This is an excellent opportunity to reawaken memories of Lents and Easters past," says Kozlowski, describing his experience growing up in Pittsburgh's Polish Hill neighborhood as one full of traditions for every holiday. "I look back and remember decorating eggs and making palm sculptures with my mother and grandmother and it still fills me with a childlike joy. That is why I try to spend time teaching these ancient customs to others so that they can pass them on to their families and the traditions will not be lost."

The Swieconka will offer hands-on classed in the following traditional areas: pisanki, decorative eggs; palmowa tkania, palm weaving; and, wycinanki, decorative paper cutting.

Also included with this event is the participation of S& D Deli. This Pittsburgh Polish deli will have its offerings in town to provide tastings and take orders for special Easter items, such as kielbasa biala surowa (fresh, white sausage), the rye-inspired zurek (white borscht), and, unique, fruit- and meat-filled pierogi. Advanced orders will be delivered to Youngstown for pick up during Holy Week.

This is your chance to create a beautiful and symbolic Easter Basket for blessing! There will be vendors available where you can purchase decorated eggs, woven palms, recipe books, decorated Easter basket covers and more to make your Easter Holiday one of the most authentic and beautiful ever.

The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle is a non-profit, community-based organization that is devoted to conveying to the next generation an appreciation of authentic Polish culture and heritage through exploration of dance, music, language and folk art in a fun and supportive environment.