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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.
The newly elected municipal councillors
10/28/2003 12:00:00 AM
The distribution of the municipal councillors is proportional, depending of the percentage distribution of the votes. Their total number for Plovdiv is 51, representing the following parties:Th...
First working seminar of textile industry representatives taking place in Plovdiv
10/27/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on an article by Lydia Vulkova at the Maritsa newspaper)\r\n The working seminar, organized by the European Commission and the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, have attracted texti...
Elections being held on the popular Bulgarian feast of Dimitrovden
10/26/2003 12:00:00 AM
(St Demetrius? Feast day) ? October 26th. In the traditional conceptions that day marks the beginning of winter. ?St George brings summer (celebrated on May 6th), St Demetrius brings winte...
Closing the 28th Film Festival ?Golden Chest?
10/25/2003 12:00:00 AM
Giving the awards and the official closing of the film festival was broadcasted by the Bulgarian National TV - Channel One BNT, on October 25th. Before presenting to you the four members of the Int...
Will there be new investments in Bulgaria?
10/24/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Information is taken from the Standard newspaper)\r\nThe Vice President of General Electric Nani (Ferdinando) Becalli and seven of the senior managers flew to Bulgaria on Wednesday...
The popular actress Maria Statoulova turns 50
10/23/2003 12:00:00 AM
(The information is based on an article in the Maritsa Newspaper)\r\nYesterday in Plovdiv, in the Paris Hall of the Novotel Hotel, numerous guests and fans greeted Maria Statoulova on the oc...
International Exhibition of Medicine, Dentistry And Pharmaceutics
Co-organizers: Branch Unions(22.10.2003 - 25.10.2003)
10/22/2003 12:00:00 AM
THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION "MEDICUS, DENTO, GALENIA" cares a great deal about attracting foreign and Bulgarian investments to set up a new material base and support hea...
Ballet Todes coming to Plovdiv in December
10/20/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on information from the today?s copy of the Maritsa Newspaper)The dance masters of the world-famous Russian ballet ?Todes? are coming to Plovdiv for a large show-performance. The ballet ...
The Plovdiv bohemian ?Nacho the Culture?
10/18/2003 12:00:00 AM
(A shortened version of Elitsa Kandeva?s article in the 24 Hours newspaper)When somebody mentions Plovdiv, there is immediately an association with the name ?Nacho the Culture?. His re...
A paintings exhibition by a poet
10/17/2003 12:00:00 AM
Boris Rokanov was born in 1961 in the town of Kyustendil, in the western part of Bulgaria. He is author of several books of poetry: ?Presentiments? (1989), ?My Game? (1993), ?From B to R? (1995), ?...