A little late for this year, but for next; it’s early!
Eggs are central to Easter celebrations throughout the world. They traditionally symbolise life, strength, love and fertility. As Easter itself celebrates new life, no wonder that eggs have become such a potent symbol of it. In Poland, colourful Easter eggs are known as pisanki, a name derived from the word pisać which in contemporary Polish language means exclusively to write, but in old Polish it also meant: to paint. The art of egg decorating originated as a pagan tradition, which was later absorbed by Christianity to become the now traditional Easter pisanki, colourfully decorated eggs symbolising the revival of nature.
The oldest pisanki found on Polish territory (egg shells and clay pisanki) come from the 10th century, from the archeological site near Wrocław. There are also mentions in Polish texts from 13th century onwards, claiming that Easter eggs held a reinvigorating power and were known…
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