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Pysanka or Pysanky Eggs

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What is a pysanka?





Simply put, it is an Easter egg decorated using a wax resist (aka batik) method. Its name derives from the Ukrainian verb “pysaty,” meaning “to write.” (“Pysanka” is the singular form; “pysanky” is plural.)


But it is much more than that. Ukrainians have been decorating eggs, creating these miniature jewels, for countless generations. There is a ritualistic element involved, magical thinking, a calling out to the gods and goddesses for health, fertility, love, and wealth. There is a yearning for eternity, for the sun and stars, for whatever gods that may be.


Here's a video of my sisters eggs from last year.

**Some of them are untraditional**
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgyK4IOnuXQ&feature=em-upload_owner
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I've done this in the past! It's a lot of fun. I even bought a kit to do it at home, but I haven't done much recently. It is definitely a time consuming craft, but it's generally very relaxing.
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"If we long for our planet to be important, there is something we can do about it. We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers." ~Carl Sagan

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I do mine every year for Easter with wax. I am from Europe its in my blood I think. 

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