The Ukrainian Easter real egg combines at least tree symbolic features in itself, the first one being symbolism of the egg as the beginning of life, the second – of the color, and last one - the symbolism of the ornamentation. According to the legend, the drops of blood of Jesus Christ have fallen on the Easter eggs, turning them into red ones, with later Madonna’s tears falling onto them and transforming into patterned Easter eggs. Now pysankas are treated in the world as a sign of love and everlasting life, as their patterns reflect the might of Mother Nature and are therefore very symbolic. It’s not a coincidence that these works of art usually hand painted with a sign of the sun – a yellow circle surrounded with rays. The same is solar motives like broken crosses or ducks’ necks, though it is probably closer to symbolic swastika. All these patterns show magical power and the ability to protect not the egg’s owner alone, but his family as well from many woes. Floral patterns are also popular, and one the most widespread on pysanka is a flowered tree, a symbol of love and youth. The same can be said about animal motives, like horses or deer, which are supposed to symbolize strength and persistence. Nevertheless, the most popular patterns of the Ukrainian hand painted empty eggs are geometric ornaments. These include a very popular "forty wedges," which is 48 triangles with each having designed to fulfill a wish; a "basket" pattern, a sign of wisdom; also a very attractive "ladder" pattern, symbolizing the permanent growth; and a "road" egg, pointing to the eternity. The thing you should remember when acquiring a Ukrainian pysanka is that you are not purchasing just a masterpiece of art, but also settling a tutelar genius in your house, which will make your life happier and better.