On Saturday, April 9th, the Arany János Hungarian School and the Réka Darida Foundation will host a joint family event, celebrating Easter. Children may participate with parental supervision. We look forward to welcoming every family!
Date and Time
9:30-12:30 on Saturday, April 9, 2022
1065 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10028
During our program, we will evoke the Hungarian customs related to Easter and try out the oldest egg-decorating techniques in interactive activities. Egg decoration occupies a special place in many cultures. Hungarian decorative techniques and motifs vary from one region to the next revealing a wealth akin to that found in embroidery.
– Exhibition of Ildikó Fekete’s decorated egg collection, presentation and book signing
– Egg decoration for all ages: wax resist dying, leaf appliqué decoration, coloring with plant dyes, gold dusting
– Traditional Easter Games
– Easter egg hunt
– Live music
– Film screening
– Easter foods tasting
Ildikó Fekete, recipient of the Junior Prima Award, wax-resist egg decorator, folk craftsperson, Young Master of Folk Art.
Ildikó Fekete fell under the spell of decorated eggs as a child and has not only collected and researched ornamental patterns, but also makes decorated eggs herself. She has studied the egg decorating techniques and elaborated the decorative motifs of several Hungarian regions. In addition to the replication of traditional eggs, she has also created collections of her own consisting of hundreds of pieces utilizing the rich treasury of patterns of a given region. Out of her collection of more than 4,000 eggs, 216 will be on display at the 2022 exhibition in New York.
Her first book, Message written in wax, was published in 2019 in Hungarian and English and provides insights into the egg-decorating traditions of 15 Hungarian regions. Ildikó Fekete has organized solo exhibitions in Hungary and in other parts of the world every year since she was 19 years old. She has already made her debut in Beijing, Sydney, New York, Tel Aviv, and Bashkiria.