Two women wearing traditional Sorbian folk dress talk while selling Pysanka -- decorative Easter eggs handcrafted using beeswax and dye -- at a market in Schleife, near Hoyerswerda, Germany on March 24.

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Not your average Easter egg

Two women wearing traditional Sorbian folk dress talk while selling Pysanka -- decorative Ukranian Easter eggs handcrafted using beeswax and dye -- at a market in Schleife, near Hoyerswerda, Germany on March 24.

 

The intricately designed eggs are believed to shield households from evil spirits and misfortune.

 


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A woman uses a wax-resist method to paint Ukranian folk designs on a Pysanka egg at a market in Schleife, near Hoyerswerda, Germany on March 24.

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The art of painting eggs

A woman uses a wax-resist method to paint Ukranian folk designs on a Pysanka egg at a market in Schleife, near Hoyerswerda, Germany on March 24.

 

Although the eggs originate in Ukraine, many Slavic populations across eastern and central Europe observe this ancient tradition, including the Sorbs of Lusatia, a slavic minority living in eastern Germany.

 

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