Easter, a significant holiday on the Bulgarian calendar. Easter in Bulgaria is celebrated a bit differently when compared to the other Easter celebrations round the world. You may spend your Easter holidays in Bulgaria and be a part of their exceptional celebrations.
Red, the principal color of Bulgarian Easter eggs, is an integral part of pagan theology which permeates Bulgarian culture even today. In fact, according to the Bulgaria Easter traditions, it is customary to dye hard boiled eggs on Maundy Thursday. The first egg is dyed in red which symbolizes the blood of Christ. This egg is then kept aside either for the forthcoming year or buried in the fields.
On Good Friday, tables are set up on the church is such a manner so as to resemble the coffin of Lord Jesus. People are supposed to crawl under any of the tables. This act of theirs will lead them to good health and fertility.
People gather on church before midnight on Saturday night. Soon after the clock strikes twelve, candles are lit from a holy fire and parishioners go about the church thrice with the lit candles in their hands. This insures good health and fortune for the coming year.
After the candles are lighted, a couple of dyed eggs are cracked and this custom continues for the next few days. People crack eggs against each other and the person left with uncracked eggs is believed to have a great year ahead.
A large feast and family get together is held on Easter Sunday and lamb is generally served for the main course. For dessert, Bulgarian Easter sweetbread is served.
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