The tradition of egg writing in Hungary

The tradition of egg writing in Hungary

In the Carpathian Basin, the special Easter egg decoration called egg-writing has been a well-known technique since the beginning of the 19th century, though the custom of decorating eggs goes back to earlier times.

The decorated Easter egg, a universal symbol of resurrection, fertility and rebirth is also an object with ritual function in the greatest celebration of Christianity.

Egg-writing is typically a female activity, and due to its specialists, it has a particularly rich and unique tradition in certain geographical regions in Hungary and in areas inhabited by Hungarians abroad.

Nowadays, besides some folk artists who maintain local traditions, folk art circles, interested individuals and folk arts and crafts artists are the preservers of the egg-writing heritage.

Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO
Elemér Muharay Folk Art Assosiation
Assosiation of Hungarian Folk Artists
Institute of Ethnology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Kriza János Ethnographic Society
Hungarian Ethnographic Society
Museum of Ethnography
Hungarian Heritage House
National Cultural Institute