Pisanka / Pisanki


An Easter ‘Pisanki’ card produced by Solidarity in the mid 1980s.

Pisanka / Pisanki is the Polish word used to describe an egg that has been decorated. The tradition is believed to have its roots back in a pre-Christian time but the dyeing and decorating of Easter eggs remains an important Easter tradition in Poland.

Most Polish families will produce some form of pisanki at Easter. The most basic form are produced by simply boiling eggs with onion skins or beetroot. These vegetables acting as a natural dye to colour the hard-boiled eggs. Sometimes this is all a family will do to the eggs. Other families will also scratch designs in to the coloured hard shell of the egg. A small number of perhaps more artistic Polish families will also decorate eggs using a wax and batik process. These eggs are all eaten. Nothing is wasted.

Inedible purely-decorative Polish Easter eggs are also made and can also be purchased from markets and souvenir shops. Very few families will make there own.

Related content on Polish Poland: Easter in Poland.

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A 1990s Polish phone card featuring decorated Pisanki Easter Eggs.

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