Ukrainian eggs or “pysanky” or"pysanka" were originally created during pagan times. The symbols used were a tribute to the many gods and notions people believed in – sun, water, birth, death, and life. With the advent of Christianity, the triangle, for example, now represents the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Grapes, formerly a symbol for a good harvest, is used for the church. Wheat and pine branches mean good health, flowers and birds are for happiness and springtime, and chickens and circles symbolize fertility. Fish are also symbols of Christianity. And the egg itself represents Christ’s tomb from which he rose from the dead.
Mothers passed on the tradition of creating these beautifully colored eggs to their daughters. And if you do not have a Ukrainian mother, there are wonderful books that tell the stories of these eggs and include instructions on this intricate art.
One of the eggs pictured was done by me.