Bulgarian Orthodox Mark Holy Saturday

Culture | April 23, 2011, Saturday // 10:03|  views

Holy Saturday is the day to bake the traditional Easter bread known as kozunak. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgarian Christian Orthodox mark on April 23 Holy and Great Saturday – the last day of Lent and of the Holy Week before Easter Sunday.

Holy Saturday commemorates the day when Jesus Christ's body was laid in the tomb. It is sometimes known as Black Saturday or Easter Saturday.

On Holy Saturday, people visit the graves of their departed family and friends and share colored eggs and bread. This is the day to bake the traditional Easter bread known as kozunak. Those who missed coloring the eggs on Maundy Thursday get a last chance to do so on Holy Saturday.

Holy and Great Saturday, is also called The Great Sabbath since it is on this day that Christ "rested" physically in the tomb. But it is also believed that it was on this day he performed in spirit the Harrowing of Hades and raised up to Paradise those who had been held captive there.

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Tags: Easter, Great Friday, Maundy Thursday, Lent, Jesus Christ, Eastern Orthodox, Christians, Holy Week, Easter, Holy Saturday, eggs, kozunak


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