Egg Museum in Bucovina

Decorated eggs is an old Easter tradition that was developed on Romanian soil with great craftsmanship.

A beautiful museum found in Vama, Bukovina, dedicated to this type of art stands as testimony of this tradition.

What to see in Bukovina - Egg Museum in Vama

The Museum of Decorated Eggs hosts a collection of 3000 exhibits gathered from throughout Romania and abroad.

Initiator of this private initiative is Mrs. Letitia Orsvischi, artisan and creator of most exhibits found in the museum. She has represented Romania at many international exhibitions as she is very appreciated in her line of work. As an artist, she learned the craft from her family.

Religious traditions of the Romanian Easter

In Bukovina there is the popular belief, that if the sanctified Easter egg doesn’t crack the entire year until the next Easter, the family will be protected the whole year. Her family would put a sanctified egg in the egg tray, thus starting a tradition of collecting decorated eggs, tradition which is kept even today.

What to visit in Romania - Egg Museum in Bucovina

Access to the Egg Museum: Suceava > Gura Humorului > Frasin > Vama (54 km)

Entrance at Egg Museum, Bucovina - Romania

Fee: 10 RON/adult (for groups: 5 RON/person); 5 RON/teenager; 3 RON/child; a 10 RON fee for taking photos;

Egg collection at Egg Museum - Bucovina
The collection of decorated eggs at Vama is on display in glass-cases, each case representing geographic areas or countries. At the entrance, every visitor receives an audio device, which presents the entire collection of eggs.

You will listen to the audio presentation as you visit the exhibition, and the information, although vast, is well-structured.

Oua incondeiate de artisti japonezi expuse la Vama, Bucovina decorated eggs from Switzerland at Egg Museum - Bucovina

The collection of decorated eggs starts with the exhibits from abroad. There are eggs which have been collected by Mrs. Orsvischi for the past 12 years from international exhibitions and events. The decorated eggs represent traditions from countries such as: Hungary, Ukraine, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, China, Pakistan, Japan, Mexico, and countries in Africa.

Visiting Bucovina, Romania - Egg Museum exhibits from abroad at Egg Museum in Vama Bucovina

In another section of the exhibition there is a presentation of the traditional Romanian motifs from Bukovina used when decorating eggs: Bukovina cloth, the rake, the sun, the clover, floral motifs, religious motifs, zoomorphic motifs.

Traditional Romanian motifs from Bukovina - Romania

The decorated eggs collection contains 50-year old eggs belonging to Mrs. Orsvischi’s family and other old eggs from Bukovina. In the Bukovina section you can find decorative elements pertaining to Humor, Sucevita, and Voronet monasteries.

Traditions regarding the decoration of Esater eggs Visit Romania at Easter

During your visit, Mrs. Letitia Orsvischi herself will explain some methods of decorating the eggs. For those of you who want to acquaint yourselves with the technique of egg decoration, the artist has workshops for such endeavour.

artist Letiția Orșvischi - owner of Egg Museum - Bucovina artist Letiția Orșvischi and decoration of eggs for Easter
Traditions regarding the decoration of eggs for Easter
– Romanian traditions say that the Easter eggs turn red on Great Thursday or Great Saturday, and by no means on Great Friday,

In Great Friday the  Christians should not work, but must fast without water and food in order to be healthy and hardworking.

Travel to Bukovina - Egg Museum at Vama village
– In Bukovina on Easter Day, people surround the church and crack eggs, because those who do will see each other on the other side. On the first day of Easter they crack only the tip, and on the rest of the days, they crack the bottom.

Traditions regarding the decoration of eggs for Easter
– Throughout Romania, people cracking the other’s egg will greet and say “Christ is risen!”, and the other will reply “Indeed, He is Risen!”.

Painted Easter eggs, a folkloric tradition in Romania
– In Bukovina, the decorated eggs are called “worked upon”, because the technique requires a lot of work. You dye the eggs in different colour layers, you decorate the egg with various patterns with the help of an instrument called stylus (a wooden pencil with a fine tip through which hot wax flows). It is said that it is a pity to freely give a “worked upon” egg.

traditional eggs in Romania
– It is said a tongue-in-cheek manner, that the badly decorated eggs were meant to be decorated that way so that the hen wouldn’t recognise them.

Incondeiatul oualor in Bucovina - Romania
– In some villages, people used to empty the yolk and egg white and then hung them on the trees in front of their houses, just like Christmas fir trees.

Incondeierea oualor in Romania - traditii si obiceiuri
In Romania, not having red Easter eggs for the Easter feast is unheard of. The symbol of the red eggs is tantamount to the Passions of Christ.

Legend says that when St. Mary came to see her crucified Son and to weep, she had a basket of eggs that she left near the cross. It is said that Jesus’ blood was spilt on the eggs, dyeing them red, and since then the Easter egg tradition lingers on.

The Museum of Decorated Eggs in Vama, Bukovina

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