Thursday, 21 April 2011

Easter Eggs - Bulgarian Easter (Velikden) Traditions

Just like other festivities, Easter celebrations in Bulgaria are a variant of Orthodox Easter traditions. We call it Velikden, which directly translated means Great day and it symbolizes ‘the faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ’. According to Bulgarian Easter traditions, eggs are colored on Holy Thursday. The first egg we paint is always red to symbolize the blood of Christ, we put it aside and keep it until next year for good luck or it is buried in the fields and gardens to ensure fertility. 
The eggs colored on Thursday are used Saturday after the midnight service and the next few days. We don't just eat them, there is  something like a "good luck egg cracking". People take turns in tapping their eggs against the eggs of family and friends, and the person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year full of health and good luck. We exchange Easter greeting "Hristos Voskrese/Voistina Voskrese" ("Christ has risen!" / "Indeed He has Risen") and celebrate with family and friends over traditional Easter dishes and sweet breads called "kozunak". No translation for this one, I will try to make one this year and if it turns out good I will show it to you. But that can happen Saturday, because that's what the tradition says.
I can write a lot about Bulgarian Easter traditions, but it will take some time and space here and I'm not sure it will be interesting for everyone. So, let me show you my Easter eggs !







 Many of you are going somewhere for the holiday, so before you leave I want to wish you all Happy Easter!

27 comments:

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    Nat

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