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Kaei-RO – Gorgeous Easter eggs from the Bukovina

These hand-painted Easter-eggs are going to charm your house! For example, they are an elegant decoration for your table. You will be amazed by quality and craftsmanship!

Discover the beauty of our collections. We offer you collections of duck eggs in wax technique and batik technique, ostrich eggs in wax technique and batik technique and ostrich eggs with icon painting.

Each single Easter egg is unique. Decorate your room with specials or make a lovely present to your beloved people with an individual and great present – even beyond Easter.

Your order will support several families to get a safe income in the Bukovina. Thank you!

Now I invite you to an exhibition of the most beautiful painted Easter eggs.

The mystery of Easter eggs from the Bukovina

The Bukovina (land of beech trees) is one fascinating part of the north east of Rumania. It is famous for its magnificent painted monasteries where the of painting Easter eggs is still alive.

Based on the monasteries the people are influenced by a deep Christian religiosity, that´s why celebrating Easter is very valuable and significant.

The egg as a symbol of life is very important. Concerning this the tradition of painting Easter eggs is very common. People of different generations are sitting together in a kitchen or living room and are colouring those beautiful Easter eggs with their old techniques.

There you´ll find the batik technique which has its origin in the Slavonic speaking part and uses old Christian orthodox symbols and motifs. Another well-known technique is waxing with its lovely colours and different motifs. Holding the egg in your hand you can feel the surface and be astonished about the fine, filigree and versatile ornamental painting.

If you are looking at the painting women you could think they perform magic. Just holding the egg in one hand and painting with the highest geometrical accuracy very precise lines which are painted with different coloured wax. Step by step the normal egg is going to be a great work of art.

Easter – the most important festival in the Bukovina

It’s a symbol for sorrow, hope, awakening and new life. The time before Easter and during the Festival is full of rituals.

Before Easter

Seven weeks before Easter the Lent starts. In this time you are not allowed to eat any animal-products. The first Saturday of the Lent people washing their hole dishes, so they can dine from clean dishes. In the third week of the lent the most beautiful Easter eggs are chosen and washed and are kept until painting them at Good Friday. During the Lent people are going to church every Saturday and Sunday. Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday) everybody is cleaning house, yard, clothes because they are not allowed to do any work besides cooking and baking during the weeks before Easter.

Easter week (great week)

Everyone is wearing black clothes. The churches are setting black flags and the altar is covered in black, too. Many people are fasting and just drinking water.

Maundy Thursday

Almost every family is baking bread and nut cake in rolls.

Good Friday

The chosen eggs from the last week are going to be painted. They are not called Easter eggs but “red eggs”. They symbolize the blood of Jesus.


Every family is packing a basket with: nut cake, a bound wreath, red eggs, meat/sausages, lamb, garlic, horseradish, cheese, butter, herbs and coins. Before midnight all the people with their baskets are meeting at the church and are all wearing new clothes. At the stroke of midnight the mass starts and ends at 4.00 a.m. Everybody gets a candle from the pries which catches fire from his one. As a symbol of penitence people are walking around the church holding their candles in their hands. At the end of the mass the basket are being blessed. On the way back home they are not allowed to put the basket down. Arriving at home the people need to go to their animals first. Afterwards they go into the yard than into the house and to all the family members. Everywhere they go they need to say “Christ is Risen” and after the whole ceremony they are allowed to put the basket down. Everything is blessed by now. They put the red eggs and coins out of the basket and into water. The water is blessed. Everybody is washing their faces with it- that’s how you become strong and healthy.

Easter Sunday

They spending the day with their family and are all eating things from the basket.

Easter Monday

On this day the family goes back to the church and afterwards to the cemetery. There they put some things from the baskets on the grave of deceased, so they can take part at the Festival. Than the family visits their relatives and friends.


Men going to the women and dripping perfume on the women – back in time they used water – and the women give those men a painted egg as a present.

Following symbols are painted on the Easter eggs for hundreds of years:

  • earth
  • sun
  • lightning
  • street
  • water
  • tree of life
  • leaves
  • tools
  • sewing pattern (like on tapestries)

Bukovina – Land of monasteries of Moldavia

map of Romania with highlighting the region of Bukovina

The Bukovina, land of beech trees, is a very important historical part of the north of Romania. Half of the northern part of the Bukovina belongs to the Ukraine and the south of the Bukovina to Romania. The north the country is characterized by a 400 m high plateau with grassy steppe and at about 600 m you’ll find a densely wooded hilly country. This hilly country marches upon the Romanian south into the Transylvanian mountains and into the south east of the Carpathians.

There the landscape rises to approximately 1400 m and culminate in peaks like the 1800 m high Giumalâul.

In the Middle Age the Bukovina belonged to the Principality of Moldova. 1775 it became a part of the Austrian Empire. At that time there was a large immigration by German settlers in the Bukovina, as in other areas of today’s Romania. Especially German and Yiddish-speaking Jews immigrated into the Bukovina. But also many Ukrainian settled the Bukovina in the 19th century. This immigration didn’t happen without influence on this region. Above all the move of Germans and German-born Jews led to a center of multi- cultural, German-speaking literature. This center is the today’s Ukrainian city Tscherniwzi (Czernowitz) where in 1875 the Franz-Josef University was established and is the origin of a number of famous authors.

In the First World War the Bukovina was ruled by the Russians, in 1918 it became Romanian territory. 1940 the north was ruled again by the Soviet Union and so many Germans were resettled to the German Empire or to territories occupied by Germany. In 1941 the Romanians reconquer the northern part. For the next three years most of the Jews were killed, deported or they emigrated. Since 1944 the Bukovina is divided in a Romanian and Ukrainian part. Nowadays the minority of Germans, Jews, Ukrainians but also Roma are irrelevant in the Romanian part.

Today the most important city in the Romanian Bukovina is Suceava with 115 000 inhabitants. Especially there are the wood and paper industries and engine companies located.

The town represents some really attractive tourist’s specials. Particularly the in the Middle Age built fortress is an impressive example of the past. Built to defend the inhabitants from the attacks by Ottomans, Tartars and Polish people the well-fortified and impregnable appearing castle was for many centuries the center of power of the Prince of Moldova. Furthermore the in the 16th century built Methodist Episcopal Church, Demetriuskirche and the Abbey Zamca are very special rewarding places in the city.

This monastery is just one of over forty mainly influenced by gothic style built houses of worship.

Monasteries of Moldova in the Bukovina

Between the 15th and 16th century monasteries were build by Prince of Moldova Stefan the Great and his successors. They were called monasteries of Moldova and many of them you will find in the Bukovina.

Protected with partly massive walls the monasteries shelter is a very special piece of the history of the churches.

On the outside walls and inside walls of the minsters exists the fresco painting which is quite incredible in the world because of its variety and multiplicity!

With a great attention to detail and colourfulness the painting represents biblical scenes or hallows. This is one reason why seven of those monasteries are listed by the UNESCO as very worth retaining historical building.

Especially the minsters of Suceviţa, Moldovita and Dragomirna are very important. Furthermore the Minster Putna is nonrecurring beautiful with a rather simple graveyard of Prince Stefan the Great.

Those minsters and wooden churches of the Maramures are some really beautiful and important travel destinations. Above all the Bukovina is quiet an important part of Romania for people who are interested in culture and history.