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How to Decorate Beautiful Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky)
by Luba Perchyshyn

Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter Eggs, decorated using beeswax and dyes that are applied in layers.

This is an excerpt from How to Decorate Beautiful Ukrainian Easter Eggs "Pysanky" by Luba Perchyshyn. This pamphlet is available from our online store.

Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating has been handed down through generations of the Ukrainian people. They are famous the world over for their colorful Easter Eggs (Pysanky). Over 2000 years ago, before the time of Christ, people decorated eggs believing that great powers were embodied in the egg. Eggs symbolized the release of the earth from the shackles of winter and the coming of spring with its promise of new hope, new life and prosperity. With the advent of Christianity, Easter eggs symbolize the Resurrection and a promise of eternal life. Legend has it that as long as pysanky are decorated, goodness will prevail over evil throughout the world.

Further recommended reading for Pysanky traditions is Ukrainian Easter Eggs & How We Make Them by Luciow, Kmit, and Perchyshyn, also available from our online store.

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