The secrets of the patterns of Easter eggs


Duration: 1 hour

Place: similar to an authentic nineteenth-century Lithuanian peasant house

For: younger pupils and families

Moderator: head of educations E. Petrauskaitė and ethnographer R. Jotautienė

Location: the Museum of Prienai Region, 13 F. Martišiaus St, Prienai

Visiting time: a visit can be prearranged by calling +370 656 37554

Fee: 2 euro for children, pupils and students; 3 euros for adults

Educational activity:

Easter is a holiday celebrating the beginning of spring as the awakening of nature and, for Catholics, a joyful festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ. The custom of decorating eggs was first established even in pagan times. According to ancient myths, the world was created from an egg, namely the eggshell gave birth to the sky, the yolk to land and the albumen to water. The egg has been given a magical meaning since ancient times. It was believed that it was a symbol of life and the renaissance of nature. Earlier, people used to believe that once you crack an egg, serpents, symbolising an eternal life and energy, come out of it. To represent the energy of a serpent, which was considered a mediator between this world and the beyond, people started to roll eggs during Easter. It is an infinite variety of patterns, perfect shapes and a mysterious multifaceted symbolism that the history of age-old Lithuanian folk art manifests itself in… We are going to tell you all this. Moreover, we are going to teach you to dye eggs using ancient ecological methods and the well-known dyeing technique with wax.

The museum is closed during the following holidays:


• January 1st. – New Year

• February 16th – Lithuanian State Restoration Day
• March 11th. – Day of Restoration of Independence of Lithuania
• St. Easter (Sunday and Monday).
• May 1st. – International Labour Day
• Mother’s Day on the first Sunday in May
• The first Sunday in June – Father’s Day
• June 24th. – St. John’s Day (Dew and Midsummer’s Day)
• July 6th – Statehood Day (Coronation of King Mindaugas)
• August 15th. – Assumption day (Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin)
• November 1st. – All Saints Day
• December 24th. – Christmas Eve
• December 25 – 26. Christmas