Inspirational Easter Eggs

Inspirational Easter Eggs

Discover the beautiful art of pysanky as featured in the March/April issue of Angels on Earth.

  • Pysanky

    According to scholars, the Ukrainian art of decorating Easter eggs or pysanky dates back to the first century A.D.

  • Pysanky

    The word pysanka comes from pysaty which means “to write." Eggs are decorated by writing with hot beeswax and dipping the egg in a series of dye baths.

  • Pysanky

    The colors of pysanky have specific meaning. For example, red is used to show happiness in life, orange signifies strength and endurance and blue represents good health. Historically, dyes were made from dried plants, roots, berries and bark.

  • Pysanky

    The motifs and designs also have meaning. Ladders represent prosperity or prayer. Swirls represent protection. Hens symbolize fertility and the fulfillment of wishes. Fish, a symbol of Christianity, suggests abundance and baptism.

  • Pysanky

    Pysanky are often made to be given to family members and are kept as treasured gifts for generations.

  • Pysanky

    The most popular pysanka designs are geometric figures. Pysanky are made from raw eggs and are not meant to be eaten. Alternatively, eggs are "blown out" prior to decorating. 

  • Pysanky

    Traditionally, pysanky were made by the women in the family during the last week of Lent.

  • Pysanky

    The world's largest pysanka stands in Vegreville, Alberta. The egg is 31 feet long and three and a half stories high.

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