Ukrainian egg decorating will be the focus of two Salt Lake County Library programs in March.

On Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Jean Godfrey will present an instructive video and demonstration of the art at the Magna Library, 8339 W. 3500 South. The library will also have a display of Ukrainian egg art by Kathy Cutler on display throughout the month.On Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m. Godfrey will host a hands-on workshop at the Calvin S. Smith Library, 810 E. 3300 South. Children age 8 and older are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Participants will learn to make their own Ukrainian Easter eggs.

Ukrainian egg art predates the entry of Christianity into that region of the USSR. The eggs were a symbol of fertility, rebirth and the renewal of nature. With the introduction of Christianity, the ancient customs were absorbed into the newer celebration of Easter and the decorated eggs assumed new meaning as their designs became symbols of this religion. Each decoration on an egg symbolizes an aspect of nature, custom or Christianity.