I have always colored eggs with my mom around Easter when I was little, and I was also forced to blow out and paint some eggs in kindergarten every year. After all the resentfulness finally faded away last year, I decided to revive this particular childhood memory of mine and tried to decorate a few blown out eggs for Easter. Of course my interests changed over the last 20 years as well as my manual skills. I got interested in East Asian cultures and got better at handicraft work. The result of both changes were colorful Easter eggs with Chinese characters on them.
Easter is the second most important festival in Austria. Maybe because many of the younger people do not know about the religious meaning anymore, it became more of a
capitalist family feast. But anyway, we still like to celebrate it as ‘back then’ with my parents. Apart from all the traditions existing in the part of Austria where I grew up, my mom likes to decorate their house with all the traditional small stuff she collected over the last decades. One of her favorites is the socalled “Osterstrauch” (lit. Easter bush), which are a few pussy willow twigs with beautifully decorated eggs hanging on it. Most of the eggs were done by my grandma, some were bought, and a few were made by me.
While I am normally too lazy to redecorate our apartment for every different occasion, I at least wanted to contribute a little “Hong Kongness” to my parent’s place. And how did it turn out?
It is actually pretty easy to make them by yourself:
- Blow out a few eggs. I start with a small needle and then use a small rasp to drill a small and even hole at both sides. Wash them and let them dry completely. I always use organic free-range eggs and cook pancakes afterwards.
- Put them on a wooden stick (I use the ones you can buy at the supermarket to put meat on) and color them evenly with a suitable paint, e.g. acrylic paint or nail polish. Let the paint dry completely.
- Write the prefered Chinese charakter on it. (I recommend you to practice on paper first.)
- Finish it with spraying clear coat on it and let it completely dry again.
- Afterwards decorate it as suited. Put it on a wooden stick or hang it on twigs like my mom did.
Do you also like to mix certain things from different cultures? Do you think it is inappropriate? Have you done something similar before? I would love to hear your stories.