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Giant Easter egg appears in Borough churchyard

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A giant Easter egg brought a little bit of Poland to the streets of Borough on Holy Saturday last weekend.

Giant Easter egg appears in Borough churchyard
Giant Easter egg appears in Borough churchyard

Children, artists and representatives of the local and Polish communities gathered to paint the seven-foot plaster structure outside St George the Martyr church.

Organised by Nowy Czas, a Polish newspaper published in London, the event invited people to take part in the Polish tradition of decorating eggs, or pianski, and was part of an effort to introduce Polish culture to a wider audience.

"We wanted to involve artists associated with Nowy Czas to combine an old tradition with modern installation," said event organiser Teresa Bazarnik.

"Events like this are important in challenging stereotypes of Poles as builders and cleaners only interested in money. They allow us to integrate into a British, multicultural society."

Decorating eggs is an Easter tradition in Poland dating back to the 10th century. Previously only women were allowed to decorate Pisanki while men were banished from the house in the belief that they could put a spell on the eggs and cause bad luck.

The day also included children's painting workshops, artists' displays and a feast of Polish food and delicacies.

Future Nowy Czas events at St George the Martyr include 'Signs of Ethiopia', an exhibition of Polish photographer Richard Szydlo's work as part of the St George in Southwark Festival, and a four-day celebration of Polish culture in September.

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