There is also a legend that the fate of the world depends on pysanky. Each year a monster watches and counts how many pysanky are made. Each one strengthens the chain that holds him and keeps us safe for another year. If the egg decorating should ever stop, the monster will escape and consume the world.
Another story tells that during the agony of Christ, Mary decorated some eggs to offer Pontius Pilate to plead for her son's life. When she cried her tears left dots of colour on the eggs. When she saw him she dropped to her knees and the eggs scattered from her apron and continued until they spread throughout the world.