Bulgaria Christian Orthodox Honor Maundy Thursday

Society | April 16, 2009, Thursday // 11:09|  views

According to the Orthodox tradition, Great Thursday is the day to dye the Easter eggs. Photo by DarikNews

All Christian Orthodox in Bulgaria mark Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday or Great and Holy Thursday.

Maundy Thursday is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. It is followed by Good Friday.

According to the Orthodox tradition, Maundy Thursday is the day to dye the Easter eggs.

The first egg must always be dyed in red. It is put aside from all others to replace the one from the previous year. The egg is kept for the entire year due to the belief that the first red egg will bring health, joy and happiness to the people in the house.

The second egg is also red and it is left in the Church during the Saturday evening Mass, which continues after midnight or the next day.

If someone misses to dye their eggs on Holy Thursday, eggs can be dyed on Holy Saturday, before Easter Sunday.


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