The Eastern egg fight in Bulgaria
As the Bulgarian name implies "Velikden" (Great Day), Easter is one of the most significant holidays in the Bulgarian calendar
- April 08, 2018 18:00
- Olya Georgieva
The egg takes an important part in pagan celebrations of spring where for Christians it is the symbol of the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. In Bulgaria people don’t hide and search for the Easter eggs but they fight with them. Bulgarians boiled and colored the eggs on Thursday or Saturday before the holiday. The first dyed egg should always be red – a symbol of health.
On Sunday morning the official egg fight begins. People take turns in tapping their eggs against the eggs of others, and the person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of good luck. The winning egg is kept until next Easter and is a sign of prosperity. Some jokes that the winner should crack the egg on his or her forehead to break it so they check if the egg is not wooden.
Source: Visit Bulgaria
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