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Holy Thursday is the day when all women are supposed to color bright eggs for Easter family gathering. Eggs as symbols of creation and new life have been exchanged for hundreds of years.
The concept of the red egg in the Christian traditional customs has been connected to a legend. Mary Magdalene, whom Jesus had cured from all the evil spirits within her, was the first one to see Jesus risen from the dead and she went around the world to spread the happy news. She reached Rome and Emperor Tiberiuss palace. According to the tradition, everyone visiting him was supposed to carry some sort of a gift to the Emperor. The rich people were carrying expensive gifts while the poor ones - whatever they could afford.
Mary Magdalene took an egg to Tiberiuss palace and handed it to the Emperor with the following greeting: "Christ has risen from the dead!" The Emperor could not believe what he heard and responded: "How could anyone ever rise from the dead! It is as impossible as that white egg to turn red right now..." While Tiberius was talking, the color in Mary Magdalenes hands started changing its color until it finally became bright red. The Easter greeting ever since has remained "Christ has risen from the dead" and Christians all over the world color eggs in red (as well as various other colors) for Easter to celebrate their belief in the Resurrection.
In the Christian calendar that day is known as Maundy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, or Holy Thursday, meaning the Thursday before Easter. It celebrates Jesus's last supper before his execution. Traditionally, it is the day when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and told them to serve others as he served them. Consequently, in many churches, both Protestant and Roman Catholic, the priest or pastor washes the feet of the congregants on this day.
The Middle English word "Maundy", used only in this context, derives from Old French "mand" and from Latin "mandamentum" (i.e. commandment), in reference to the opening words of the Catholic liturgy for this day, Mandatum novum do vobis "a new commandment I give unto you" (John xiii:34), words spoken by Jesus to the Apostles after washing their feet in preparation for the Last Supper.
The day has also been known as Sheer Thursday, due to the idea that it is the day of cleaning ("schere") and because the churches themselves would switch liturgical colors from the dark tones of Lent.
Outside English-speaking countries it is universally known as Holy Thursday.
IN MEMORIAM: Our last farewell to Nacho the Culture ? ?the Father of the Old Town?
11/27/2003 12:00:00 AM
After long illness, on Tuesday, at age of 81, died one of the most eminent figures of contemporary Plovdi...
British army officer teaches jiu-jitsu in Plovdiv
11/26/2003 12:00:00 AM
?I am in love with Bulgaria and so not want to live anywhere else?, says the 53-year-old British, who immigrated to Bulgaria 9 months ago. Mike Gennevy, who is a mountain rescuer and a ret...
The Todes Ballet opens a school in Plovdiv
11/25/2003 12:00:00 AM
The famous all around the world Russian Todes Ballet comes on a tour to Plovdiv, and the Plovdiv audience will have the unique chance to see their latest show performed for the very first time outs...
The artist Ivan Kraevski ?s 60th birthday
11/24/2003 12:00:00 AM
Tonight in Plovdiv, an exhibition of the artist Ivan Kraevski will be opened, to celebrate his 60th birthday. The exhibition will take place on the two floors of the City Art Gallery, at Knjaz Alex...
The Plovdiv weightlifter Milen Dobrev - a champion in Vancouver
11/22/2003 12:00:00 AM
The weightlifter from Plovdiv Milen Dobrev was triumphant with his champion?s title in the 94 kg category at the Weightlifting Championship in Vancouver, Canada. His fellow-citizen...
Latest exhibitions in the ?city of the hills?
11/21/2003 12:00:00 AM
Unique exhibition of drawings by eminent Bulgarian masters, among which Vladimir Dimitrov -the Master and Zlatyu Boyadzhiev opened yesterday at the L?Union Gallery in Plovdiv. The exhibition also i...
A Project for expanding the city starts
11/20/2003 12:00:00 AM
The Plovdiv Association starts the development of the project for expanding the city boundaries, as was reported yesterday after a meeting with the Management Board. The initiative group will invit...
Paintings by Nikolay Riorich on display at the Ivan Vazov National Library
11/19/2003 12:00:00 AM
Since November 17th an exhibition has been opened at the Ivan Vazov National Library in Plovdiv of paintings by the eminent Russian painters Elena and Nikolay Riorich. The exhibition was organised ...
The ?Mini Miss? & ?Mini Mister Plovdiv? Awards
11/18/2003 12:00:00 AM
The five-year-old twin brothers Boris and Trifon Andreevi shared the ?Mini Mister Plovdiv? title in the youngest age group of a beauty contest held at the Trimontium Princess Hotel last night. The ...
Reinforcing dangerous zones of Plovdiv Hills is about to start
11/17/2003 12:00:00 AM
Reinforcement of dangerous parts of Plovdiv Hills is about to start in the end of November, said in the interview for the Maritsa newspaper the temporary deputy-mayor Mitko Tsvetkovski. The Nationa...