Eggs have been decorated in the Ukraine for thousands of years, first with Pagan designs which were believed to have special powers. They were sometimes buried in fields to help bring in a good crop or put on the roof of a house to protect it from fire. When Christianity was brought to the Ukraine in 998AD., Christians adopted Pagan symbols, including eggs. The Pysanka is the most widely known of the various types of Easter eggs in the Ukraine and the art of decorating Pysanky has been handed down from mother to daughter for many generations. Each pattern has a special meaning. Flowers symbolise love and charity and lines encircling the egg represent eternity. White is for purity, red for happiness and black for remembrance.