ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ!Easter is one of the In the country, themost significant festival is popularlyholidays in the known asBulgarian "Velikden", whichcalendar. Starting literally means thewith Palm Sunday, faith in thethe holy week resurrection of Jesusleads up to the ChristGreat Day.
VELIKDEN Easter traditions in Bulgaria are a derivative of the Eastern Orthodox Church rituals. In tune with worldwide Orthodox traditions, bright red colored eggs and Easter breads known as "kozunak" are the prominent symbols of Easter in Bulgaria.
VELIKDEN The Holy week is the last week of the Lent. It begins with theobservance of Palm Sunday. The name, Palm Sundayoriginated from Jesuss entry in Jerusalem.
Monday to Wednesday The days between Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday are known as Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday.• In Bulgaria these days are intended to be days for house cleaning. This cleaning has a symbolic purifying character.
Holy Thursday in Bulgaria Traditionally in Bulgaria, theeggs are painted on HolyThursday or Holy Saturday.The first one is always paintedin red by the oldest woman inthe family. Until it is still hot itis used by the woman to draw across sign on children’sforeheads. This rite done, theeggs painting is continued bythe younger women in thefamily
Easter Sunday At midnight on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, people in Bulgaria gather at church, with red painted eggs and bread. The priest proclaims three times "Christos Voskrese" (Christ has risen) and the congregation replies "Vo istina voskrese" (Indeed he has risen). One of the Easter breads is specially decorated with one or more (but an odd number) of red eggs. After a special sequence of services, the clergy blesses the breads and eggs brought by the people.
They then walk around the church three times with candles in hand, led by the priest. The candles are carried back home.
Good Luck Crack• The Bulgarian good luck crack is a unique Easter tradition in Bulgaria. Eggs are cracked after the midnight service and over the next few days, during the festive season of Easter. On Easter, the eggs are cracked before lunch. The egg that is cracked on the wall of the church is the first egg that people eat after the long fast of Lent. People take turns in tapping their eggs against the eggs of others, and the person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of good luck. He/she is considered as the most successful, healthy and happy person for the rest of the year.
Easter SundayOn Sunday, becauseLent is over, thetradition is to have atable laden with food,the most important ofwhich is lamb. InEastern Europe, this isparticularly important,as Orthodox believersrelate it to the death ofJesus Christ, because alamb is believed tohave been sacrificed inthe name of Christ onResurrection Day.
Easter Kozunak Ritual bread is an unvarying part of the Easter traditions. It is round-shaped and decorated with a lot of interlacing figures. In Bulgaria the tradition says that it has to be made on Thursday before Easter. One of these pita bread has a sweet taste and it’s called “kozunak