Easter in Bulgarian Traditions research by Ann Wood

Easter in Bulgarian Traditions
The Resurrection of Christ belongs to the most celebrated and celebrated holidays among Orthodox Christians. Everyone experiences and feels in a very individual way, but always connects this day with joy and faith.
Preparations for the holiday take place throughout the previous week. Easter eggs are usually painted on Holy Thursday or Saturday. With the first, red-colored egg, the grandmother draws a cross across the forehead of the children to be healthy and rosy throughout the year. This egg is placed in front of the house icon, in a chestnut box or buried in the middle of the field to keep it from hail.
On Easter Thursday the dough for Easter bread is mixed. They carry a variety of names throughout Bulgaria: Easter cow, saucer, cottage, garnet, kangaroo, egyptian, knotweed or doll. They are usually decorated with an odd number of red or white eggs and dough twisted around them. Women also prepare smaller Easter bread rolls with one red egg in the middle, which are given to the first guest, to the kum, to the dear and to the relatives. Easter is celebrated for three days.
In the morning on Sunday, everyone goes to a church for the solemn liturgy and returns with candles lit up at home, congratulating themselves on Christ the Worsted. The grooms of this day visit their comrades, parents and the devotees. They carry Easter bread and a basket of red eggs. They meet them with richly arranged tables.
Easter table
On Easter, green salads are served with radishes and cooked eggs, soups of bird trimmings, roasted lamb, sweet banitsa, Easter bunnies, Easter cookies and more. Lamb meat is particularly important on the Easter table because the lamb is an extremely important Easter symbol in Central and Eastern Europe. Since the IV century, it has been the chief symbol of Jesus. It relates to his death because he was sacrificed on the day of the Resurrection, symbolizing patience, purity, innocence, sacrifice. The Christian tradition presents Jesus as God's Lamb.
At Easter, traditionally, in most Christians, people are wearing new clothes, which is a symbol of the revival of the new life in the spring and the Resurrection.

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Written on 2019-04-11 at 12:24

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