Preserving Culture at the Easter Bazaar

By Perry Russom
By Kelly McCarthy

Preserving Culture at the Easter Bazaar

March 30, 2012 Updated Mar 30, 2012 at 6:23 PM EDT

Johnson City, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) - Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church is getting all its eggs in a row for its annual Easter Bazaar tomorrow.

Hand-painted Easter eggs and homemade Easter baskets are what's waiting for those at the Easter Bazaar.

Parishioners of the Sacred Heart Catholic church are busy preparing for the annual event.

They have spent long hours baking traditional Ukrainian baked goods that will be on sale tomorrow.

The parish priest says he only knows of three places, including his church, that still bakes the traditional bread or Paska.

He says this Easter celebration is important for his parishioners to stay in touch with their cultural roots.

"This way of maintaining their culture, makes them feel at home, because this is what they used to do at home. They used to have the Easter baskets at home, they used to prepare this and bake this," says Father Teodor Czabala.

We got a sneak peak at the different Pysanky eggs that will be on sale tomorrow.

Some of the hand-painted eggs take up to 4-6 hours to make just one.

The church even makes baskets for the members of the church who are unable to attend the Bazaar.

"For those parishioners who can no longer come to church for Easter and can no longer have the meal with their family members, maybe shut into their homes or a nursing home, the parish prepares for them an Easter basket of their own. So they have their own Easter breakfast with the whole parish as a whole," adds Father Czabala.

The annual bazaar is tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church.