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Painted Easter eggs | © Qypchak/WikiCommons
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In Photos: The Intricate Art of Easter Egg Painting

Picture of Maria Angelova
Updated: 4 April 2017
There’s an expression in Bulgarian meaning “to be beautiful like a painted Easter egg” (kato pisano yaytse). No surprise as in most Eastern European countries the Easter egg painting tradition has deep roots and has turned into art. Not only ordinary people paint eggs for Easter but there are artists who spend days decorating a single egg with such detailed ornaments it’s hard to believe it was created by a human hand.

The decorated egg is called pisano yaytse in Bulgarian, pisanka in Belarusian and Polish, pisanica in Serbian, Croatian and Slovene and kraslica in Slovak, this is a widely spread tradition. To appreciate the egg painting art in Eastern Europe, take a look of Culture Trip’s choice of some of the most beautifully crafted Eastern European Easter eggs.

Painted Easter eggs with wax| © Karakal/WikiCommons
Painted Easter eggs with wax | © Karakal/WikiCommons
Embroidered Easter eggs | Qypchak© /WikiCommons
Embroidered Easter eggs | Qypchak© /WikiCommons
A modern approach from Greece | © Jim Kandias/Flickr
A modern approach from Greece | © Jim Kandias/Flickr
Easter eggs in Greece | © Reinhard Kirchner/WikiCommons
Easter eggs in Greece | © Reinhard Kirchner/WikiCommons
The painting process | © Colby Stopa/Flickr
The painting process | © Colby Stopa/Flickr
Hand-decorated Easter egg | © Pixabay
Hand-decorated Easter egg | © Pixabay
Slovenian leaf-decorated egg | Slo-Silvija/WikiCommons
Slovenian leaf-decorated egg | Slo-Silvija/WikiCommons
Ukrainian decorated Easter egg © Nancy Sims/Flickr
Ukrainian decorated Easter egg | © Nancy Sims/Flickr
Traditionally onions is used as a natural paint for Easter eggs | © Pixabay
Traditionally onion juice is used as a natural paint for Easter eggs | © Pixabay
Traditional leaf painting from Latvia | © Dainis Matisons/Flickr
Traditional leaf painting from Latvia | © Dainis Matisons/Flickr
Decorated Easter egg | © Nancy Sims/Flickr
Decorated pysanka | © Nancy Sims/Flickr
Pysanka from Ukraine | © Pixabay
Pysanka from Ukraine | © Pixabay
Romanian Easter eggs | © TwoWings/WikiCommons
Romanian Easter eggs | © TwoWings/WikiCommons
Serbian Easter eggs | © LeCornichon/WikiCommons
Serbian Easter eggs | © LeCornichon/WikiCommons