Ancient Ukrainian rituals related to Easter eggs

The Easter egg is an essential attribute of the celebration of Orthodox Easter in Ukraine. Many Ukrainians use the dyeing technique: this is an easy and relatively quick way to decorate eggs for a holiday. These eggs are called krashanky (the name derives from the Ukrainian word for "krasyty" (to paint). Some talented craftsmen create more complex images for Easter eggs called pysanky. They are known for the combination of several colors and various intricate patterns and pictures. But what is especially interesting: krashanky and pysanky carry both symbolic and...