The symbolism is all over the pysanka: of the egg itself, as it’s always been the beginning of Life, of the paints, and of the patterns.
Legend claims that drops of blood of Jesus Christ crucified on the cross were falling on the Easter eggs, turning them into red color. Then the tears of Mother of God fell on the red eggs and turned them into patterned pysankas. That’s why Ukrainian hand painted eggs are considered a sign of beauty, love, and everlasting life all over the world.
The designs of pysanka hand painted hollow eggs are quite symbolic, reflecting the might of the nature. Not accidentally these masterpieces of art usually wear a sign of the sun, a yellow circle and rays. They also often feature the ducks’ necks and broken crosses, which is a kind of solar motive, but these patterns more likely resemble swastika. These designs have magical power and can defend the owner of the pysanka altogether with his family from the many disasters.
As for the popular floral pattern met on the Ukrainian hand painted eggs, it’s a flowered tree, usually cherry, which symbolizes love and unfading youth. Motives of animals are also popular – the eggs often feature a horse or a deer, a sign of endurance and power.
However, the most popular theme of the pysankas is geometric patterns. For instance, some of the most widespread patterns include so called "forty wedges," showing 48 triangles, each destined to fulfill a wish; a "ladder" is also quite interesting, considered a symbol of permanent development; then a "basket" pattern, meaning maternity and wisdom; and a "road" pysanka symbolizes the eternity.
When you buy the Easter real egg, you are not just acquiring a little piece of big art, but also inviting a guardian angel to your house, which is able to turn your life to the better direction.