Polish-Slovak Easter egg tradition

Mar 30, 2018

For more than 30-years a family has been creating a special Easter tradition at the Broadway Market. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley learned how real eggs are made into a 'work of art'.

"Our eggs are actually all real Easter eggs," said Jennifer Glenn.

Hand painted Easter Eggs
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Glenn is with Our Traditions, a family business.  For over three decades Glenn and family members carefully remove the inside of an egg, then create colorful designs.

“The Easter Egg is a sign of rebirth and the resurrection, so it is a sign of spring,” Glenn explained.  "And they are hand painted?" Buckley asked. “They're all hand done. They're very delicate and fragile. The eggs are decorated first -- with beeswax and dye and when you're all down with that, you blow the egg out and have a beautiful creation,” Glenn responded.

“It takes a lot of time that goes into it and it really is a unique art form,” remarked Glenn.  

Glenn said her family is Polish and Slovak and that means brightly colored eggs.

“So we do more of this bright color design here – a Ukraine egg s more fine line and very intricate. It has a lot of symbols, whether it’s a rooster or wheat or moons and stars – all different symbols have different meanings.  You know some people come in and they really want a Polish egg and some people come in and really want more of a Ukrainian style,” Glenn said.

Glenn tells WBFO News they have repeated customers year after year who collect the eggs.

Jennifer Glenn is with Our Traditions at the Broadway Market.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

“And we have a lot of followers that come year after year and they specifically pick out a new egg every year and a lot of people, we’ve become friends with over the years,” Glenn noted.   

Our Traditions is only set up two weeks before Easter at the Broadway Market.