Painted Easter eggs have always been a part of celebrating Easter throughout the world. The art of decorating Easter eggs (pysanky in the Ukraine) dates back to pagan rituals of Spring. Once Eastern Europe was Christianized by Saint Contantine the Great, they took on a deeper more spiritual meaning – reflecting the blood of Christ during His passion and the coming of new life in His resurrection. Every Pascha (Easter in Greek) Greeks and many Eastern European countries reflect this belief by dying thier eggs red. In Greece the red eggs are handed out after the Resurrection (Easter) service. Children bump their boiled and colored eggs together, and the winner is the one egg that didn’t crack. Many Greeks also fill the emptied dyed eggs with confetti which adds a celebratory dramatic effect to the traditional game. Whether you’re Greek, Ukrainian, Polish, Italian or African, the Easter egg, symbolizing the new life of Christ, has always been a part of the Paschal tradition.
Below, are my very own version of Pysanky eggs. I took a Ukranian Easter Egg class at a local church to learn how to do it. I also bought some books online to use as design reference guides. You can buy kits and even the eggs online!