Once Christianity came to the area, the egg became a strong symbol of life at Easter signifying our rebirth through Jesus' death and third day resurrection. Everyone in the household received a pysanka for Easter. Some of the other uses that I found interesting were:
*One or two were given to the priest.
*One or two were placed on the graves of family members.
*Several were saved to be placed in the coffin of loved ones who might die during the year.
You use a stylus, a cake of beeswax (the black rectangle), and a candle.
You heat the stylus over the candle and push the small tip into the beeswax which gets drawn up into the reservoir. Then you heat again and "write" with the tip of the stylus onto the egg.
Once you have your design ready you place the egg into the lightest color of dye. You continue this process of "writing" and dying until your last color.
I wish I had a picture of the egg after the last step before the wax came off, because it looked UGLY! You're thinking there is no possible way this has been successful, but you persevere. You heat the egg and start wiping the wax off and the above is what you get!