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So I was looking for something interesting and Easterish to do for my diary today.. and discovered that the Ukrainians really take their egg dying seriously. I thought, perhaps, with the chaos the Ukraine is in at the moment, it would be good to stop a moment and learn about this egg dying tradition.

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According to Wikipedia, Krashanky are similar to the Easter eggs we're familiar with in the states. They are boiled eggs dyed with vegetable dyes to make them a single color. These eggs are blessed and then eaten on Easter.

Pysanky and Krapanky are both raw eggs decorated with hot wax.

 Pysanky eggs are decorated with hot bees wax using a stylus or pin head. There are some pre-Christian examples of this style done on wood or stone instead of eggs. It represented the rebirth of the earth after winter and was used in spring-rituals usually associated with the sun God Dazhboh. Later, when Christianity entered the area, it was changed to mean the rebirth of Man and the tomb of Christ.

 

There are many superstitions and fold beliefs that surround Pysanky eggs. For example, a blessed Pysanky could be used to find demons hiding in your house. Witches were rumored to use Pysanky to curse people, and and it was considered bad luck to step on one. Elders were given very ornate eggs as they'd lived long lives while eggs given to youth had more white on them. And girls often gave their boyfriends Pysanky eggs, but they had to be careful to decorate the top and bottom of the egg or their beau could lose his hair!

Krapanky are made by dripping bees wax onto raw eggs, and have only dots as ornamentation. It's called a wax resist method.

There are several other types of decorated eggs in the Ukraine, including eggs that are painted, etched, have objects glued to them, dipped in bees wax which then has beads embedded in them and some even have small leaves attached.

I hope you learned something about the culture of the people currently under attack by Russia. And I hope the people of the Ukraine have managed to hold to their traditions and enjoy their beautiful eggs this season.

Do you have any particular egg dying traditions in your family or heritage?

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