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“Ukrainian eggs bring families together”

An annual Easter egg workshop at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History on Saturday provided both an opportunity for some quality time for family members and a chance to learn a new art form.

“Pysanka” is the Ukrainian word for Easter eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from a word which means “to write” or “to inscribe,” as the designs are not painted on, but written or inscribed with beeswax.

Though the word is Ukrainian, pysanka is popular throughout eastern Europe. In the Orthodox church, they are brought to church to be blessed on Easter, and are thought to bring good fortune for the rest of the year.

It’s a really fun class,” said Karen Nealis, who has taught the class for the past three years. “Everybody got along. You’d have thought we were family already.

Several of the participants already were. Various family configurations: a grandmother and granddaughter, two sisters, a mother and sons, as well as a mother and her daughter’s best friend all signed up for the class.

https://www.mtairynews.com/news/71822/ukrainian-eggs-bring-families-together

Vasiliy Lomachenko overwhelms José Pedraza late to unify lightweight titles

On a night when Vasiliy Lomachenko did not appear at his imperious best, the sport’s most technically proficient fighter was more than brilliant enough to come through with a sensational finishing kick to unify lightweight titles and bolster an already persuasive claim for the No 1 spot in boxing’s pound-for-pound pecking order.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/dec/09/vasiliy-lomachenko-jose-pedraza-fight-lightweight-titles

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s billionaire sponsor imprisoned in Russia

After vacating his title, Connor McGregor is returning to the UFC to challenge interim champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov is from Dagestan. During a recent press conference, Connor dove into Dagestani-Chechen-Russian politics, looking, as always, for some psychological lever.

REALLY interesting!

There’s a chance that Ziyavudin’s imprisonment is why Khabib has been expressing Russian nationalism and not Dagestani nationalism. Khabib petitioned Putin directly for his release. And for Russia, this, like everything, is a propaganda outlet.

The Castle in Radomysl

It had been a paper mill and a regular mill, but built by a creative builder in the form of a castle. A Ukrainian philanthropist took over in 2009 and now it is a hotel, tourist attraction, and museum of ancient Ukrainian society and religious life.

Part of the structure is built without a foundation on the natural granite:

The museum included religion icons organized by region. The blue skies with radiance are from Poltava. The icons with leather clothing attached to the them are from Luhansk. The black and blue halos are from Kyiv. The red backgrounds are from Chernivtsi. The naive style art is from the Carpathians. The three-piece fold-out icons are also Hutsul.

These straw pitchers were waterproof and held wine:

Friday Evening in Lviv

I walked through the city center with my wife, and with my son on my shoulders. Cafes, street musicians, dancers — swing in the center square, and tango on the porch of a small unexpected corner coffee shop near the Dominican church – it’s statues lit blue, purple and pink.

People everywhere. Trams. Young couples sitting on park benches.

Lviv is everything Paris used to be, and pretends like it still is.

Now we are home. I’ve build a fortress for my son out of couch cusions. Outside the open window, we can hear girls singing a Ukrainian folk songs. We couldn’t spot them when we looked out the window, though they seem quite close.

Boxing: Usyk wins to unify cruiserweight titles

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk unified the cruiserweight division by beating Russian Murat Gassiev by unanimous decision on Saturday.

Despite facing a hostile crowd, Usyk controlled the fight with his jab to add Gassiev’s World Boxing Assn. and International Boxing Federation titles to his own World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization belts.

Gassiev landed some heavy body shots when he got inside Usyk’s reach, but started to tire and the Ukrainian was utterly dominant in the later rounds as Gassiev swung haymakers.

Usyk, a former Olympic gold medalist, holds all four major titles after only 15 professional fights, all wins.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/boxing/la-sp-munguia-smith-20180721-story.html?outputType=amp