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
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