The history of Easter in Bulgaria research by Ann Wood

Unusual colors for Easter decoration
Around Easter we are used to seeing the showcases of our stores and homes decorated in green, yellow, red or blue. But what if you try this year with a more unusual lead color? See unusual colors for Easter decoration.
Easter in metallic shades
Seeing Easter decorations in copper or gold is unusual, but beautiful, as the metallic nuances give more celebration to the holiday. They also create a sense of joy, luxury and abundance. You can combine them with the traditional leading colors for Easter.
Easter in Scandinavian style
Or else the leading colors here are white, black and gray. For some, this color scheme does not set up holiday associations, much less for Easter, but according to others this is the modern way to put the holiday into modern interior trends. To make it look too boring, use different prints - such as egg pointing or striped, with inscriptions or beads. Add fresh spring flowers for more variety.
Easter in neon
In recent years neon colors have made their return to fashion, and have gradually moved into the interior as part of the vision of a modern home. So if you are a fan of eclectic style or just love bright colors, you can include them as part of the Easter decoration. The downside is that neon colors are difficult to achieve and you only have to work with white eggs.
Easter in neutral colors
Economical, practical and quite simple is Easter decoration in neutral colors - or else the decoration in white or without any leading nuance. Here the eggs can remain unpainted, but only slightly decorated with a brush or marker. You use a lot of eco materials - twine, cotton, tattoo, yarn (mostly crochet hooks), greenery from nature.
Easter in pink and purple
Recently, purple and pink are more and more used as colors for Easter decoration, but are still considered unusual because they are not associated with the traditions and the history of the holiday. But as they are positive and fit perfectly into the pastel palette of the spring, they can be used as the flags in the Easter decoration without any problem.
Easter arrangements with flowers
In the spring it is full of beautiful and aromatic flowers, which become the ideal holiday decoration for Easter. See our proposals for Easter flower arrangements.
When you decorate for Easter with flowers, you need to have a few things in mind. It is good for the bouquet to match that of the holiday decorator. For example, if you chose Easter in neutral colors, then bet on white flowers. For Easter in yellow, the daffodils are more appropriate.
Another special moment is the choice of a vase. For the table, best bet on low and round, and for decorating in the living room a large and high vase. Also use kitchenware - a jug, a deep coffee cup, an old can, wrapped in cloth or threads.
You can also arrange the arrangement in a small box or arrange the flowers lying in an elongated glass container. Some people choose to decorate with small pots hidden in mini cans. For this idea, the bulbs of crocus, daffodil and hyacinth are ideal.
As for flowers, you can experiment. The most common choices are tulips because they are ideal for higher compositions. They are also found in different saturated colors. You may also try something different - for example, collect a bouquet of wild crocuses, primrose, chamomile or dandelions. With flowers, for example, you can decorate the pan with the painted eggs.
Other non-standard flower arrangements include willow twigs, flowering cherry twigs or decorative grass. On the branches you can hang Easter decoration, and among the boxes with decorative grass to arrange the figurines of a bunny or chicken.
An original Easter arrangement with flowers is one that includes colorful eggs. For example, in a glass vessel you put artificial flower eggs and the stems of the flowers are immersed in a water capsule that you hide between the eggs.
Easter flower arrangements will not only make your home more colorful and beautiful, but it will also pleasantly enjoy the fest at home and spring.
Cozonac - Easter ritual bread
What would be Easter without the warm kozunaki of the table? The aroma of a freshly baked, fluffy cousin is not only a blessing for every gourmand, but also an obligatory element of the feast, as the cousin is above all Easter ritual bread.
The cousin - from yesterday to today
The tradition of choosing ritual bread for Easter dates back to the late 16th and early 17th centuries. According to beliefs, the cousin symbolized the body of Christ, and a red egg was symbolized in the middle, a symbol of Christ's blood. Over the years, the recipes have changed and the kozunak has acquired a different kind.
Easter ritual bread is made from flour, yeast, milk, eggs, butter, sugar. If desired, raisins, walnuts, marmalade, candied fruit, icing, chocolate. In Bulgaria, only in the 20s of the last century, people began to prepare pastries according to the recipe we have known today. The cousin may be round, braided or baked in a rectangular tray - a matter of taste and imagination.
Keep in mind that you'll need a larger pot for making it, as the cake increases significantly in baking.
The secret of the perfect cozonac
For a beginner culinary the making of the perfect cousin is like a chimera. The recipe sounds tricky, even unreachable, but knowing the secrets of preparing a delicious couscous, the mission becomes far more possible.
For starters, prepare the products, which must necessarily be at room temperature. The room in which you make the kozunak must also be warm enough to make it snap (at least 20 degrees). The other option is to screw the dough well and put it near the stove.
To get a fluffy cousin, you need to sift the flour 2 or 3 times and move for a longer time. The 100-stroke rule applies to this one. When you eat a cozonak, you have to be positive and have only good thoughts, otherwise the ritual bread will accept the negative energy and it will not work out. Grandmothers also advise to sing the dough to make the cousin sweeter.
Whether you have managed the task, you will only understand when you try the result. The cousin must be mild, fluffy and puffy and cut into yarn. In the case of crumbs, you have overcharged sugar.
Kozunacs from here and from there
Easter cakes are made not only in Bulgaria but also around the world. The difference is in the names and in some additional ingredients. One of the most famous Easter cakes is the Italian, also known as patoneon.
In Greece, they prepare sour-cakes - a Easter ritual bread that resembles much of the native recipe for cozonac. In Russia, the kozunak is known as a stalker and has a glaze similar to the palate. Traditions make the bread to be blessed in a church and to eat from it for breakfast between the Resurrection and the Pentecost.
In Poland and Albania, they eat a bunch of cakes with almonds or candied fruits, a little rum and vanilla or chocolate glaze. It was prepared on the idea of ​​Polish king Stanislav Leschinski, who complained that his bread was dry, so he put it with rum. He liked it so much that he made the cooks prepare from the dessert he had received on his recipe. The legends tell that the name comes from Ali Baba, as the King associated the impromptu with the tastes of the Arab countries.
Homemade Fast Cake
Recipe for home-made fast-food cozonac.
Necessary products:
1 kg. flour for cozonac
4 eggs
250 ml. fresh milk
200 ml. oil (can butter butter, lard)
1 cube of yeast than 40 g
16 tablespoons of sugar
grated peel of 2 lemons
1/2 tea spoon salt
How to make:
Take a large tray and sift the flour into it. Then form a well in the resulting pile of flour.
On a stove, you heat the milk and sugar. When the milk is warm (Should not boil), add 100 ml to it. oil and yeast. Stir well to get a homogeneous mixture.
In the well of the sifted flour, break the eggs, add the remaining salt and the grated lemon peel. Start gradually adding from the yeast mixture and mixing a dough. Dough should be soft and elastic.
Once you have mixed the dough, it must be mixed with the remaining oil. This is done by making a small hole in the dough and adding oil several times. Mix well so that the pot is more threadable. When completely ready, let the dough warm up for about 30 - 35 minutes.
The more it rises, the better. You will have a fluffy and split cousin.
The kozunakaka is made by removing 6 to 8 small balls from the shredded dough. Each of them is made on a wick and twisted with another wick, like a cord for martenitsa. The finished tweezers are lying in a greased pan and then left to pour in. Before baking, the kozunak is smeared with yolk and sprinkled with crystal sugar.
The cauliflowers are baked for about 50 minutes in an oven heated 180 degrees. Depending on the oven, they may also be ready beforehand. You will find out whether they are made in golden color and sample with a toothpick, as in the making of a cake.
I baked in a cake form because I found that I was getting very well and sometimes I was overwhelmed with chocolate because of the universal love for him in Bulgaria.
Make yourself a Easter tree
The Easter Tree is an easy and impressive decoration for the home on Easter. It requires a little money and a lot of imagination, and it is a good thing for both small and large. See how to make a Easter tree.
The foundation
It is important that the branches of the Easter tree remain stable so that the decoration can not fall. To do this, you have several base options. If you are going to use live twigs, you need a high glass vase that can fill with pebbles and water. If you have stopped decorative twigs, then fill the vase with artificial Easter grass or colored plastic eggs.
If the branches are not too tall, you may also use a pot with pre-ground and the top layer covered with greenery. To make it more colorful and cheerful, use a tinned box wrapped with colored foil or wrapped with yarn or twine.
The branches
The Easter tree with blooming branches definitely attracts more gaze, brings freshness and spring mood at home. However, you need to be more restrained with decoration, so as not to lose the magic of the blossoms. In addition, not everyone can find blooming branches, so help come decorative or dry twigs, which also do an excellent job.
The decoration
Once you've chosen the base of the Easter tree and arranged the branches, you can go to the decoration. The traditional Easter tree is decorated with painted hollow eggs attached with ribbons.
Today, however, you can also use dyed styrofoam or plastic eggs, chocolate treats in this form, knitted pompons in pastel colors, Easter cards and butterflies, paper carrots and textile decorations with Easter motifs.
Easter is one of the brightest holidays in the Orthodox calendar. This is the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of their Lord Jesus Christ. The Son of God, who, with his death, redeemed the sins of mankind, and with resurrection gave hope for life after death.
As one of the most important and important holidays for Christians, Easter is associated with many customs and preparations for the holiday. Every year, the resurrection is on a different date. The Eastern Orthodox Church respects the Julyan and the Catholic with the Gregorian calendar. Also, Easter should not be celebrated before the Hebrew Passover.
The week before Easter is called the Holy Week, and for every day there are certain traditions that Christians must observe. This is the last week of the Lent, lasting for eight weeks. According to the Orthodox Church during the post, food of animal origin should not be eaten and entertainment is also prohibited.
Some of the traditions are quite altered and forgotten nowadays, but Christians have kept the best of the holiday. This is the tradition of dyeing eggs and preparing a special meal. Some nations have their own customs. In most Western European countries one of the main symbols of the holiday is the great Easter rabbit. In Poland, on the festive table, they put on a piece of lamb made of butter or sugar. In the Czech Republic the girls spray the boys with water to wash away from them. what's left of the winter.

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Written on 2019-04-11 at 12:14

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