Ukrainian Easter Eggs by GraceNotes

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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.

History of the Ukrainian Easter Eggs


  • mscott207
    mscott207almost 5 years ago

    this is such an amazing art form. there was a young man that worked for me several years ago that presented me with one of these eggs that he had hand painted. i was really quite honored! beautiful capture of the group!

  • Hi Michael, thank you for your comments. Ukrainian Easter eggs are given as gifts and symbolize prosperity, fertility, and Christianity. I am so glad you have one!

    – GraceNotes

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfalmost 5 years ago

    Hey this my people’s art! Great to see it! As a matter of fact I’ll be in Ukraine in May!!! Counting weeks!

  • Hi,Evelina, a belated thank you for your comments. Have a wonderful time in the Ukraine!

    – GraceNotes

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you, Barbara…missed this but am happy for the honor!

    – GraceNotes

  • walela
    walelaalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot!

  • Thank you,Walela!

    – GraceNotes

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellalmost 5 years ago

    My mother use to make easter eggs like this, quite a skill required. Nice display.

  • Thank you, Mary!

    – GraceNotes

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazoralmost 5 years ago

  • An appreciative and belated thank you for the honor!

    – GraceNotes

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you, Scott!

    – GraceNotes

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldalmost 5 years ago

    Certainly a beautiful image and so much hard work in painting those eggs!

  • A belated thank you, Barbie!

    – GraceNotes

  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radmanalmost 5 years ago

    spasiba. prekrasno

  • Thank you, Danica!

    – GraceNotes

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellalmost 5 years ago


    Continue blessings throughout this joyous season.

  • A very belated and grateful thank you, Pat!

    – GraceNotes

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