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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 current events in Plovdiv
11/5/2003 12:00:00 AM
1. The Plovdiv City Gallery opened a retrospective exhibition of works by the eminent Plovdiv artist Prof. Ivan Kirkov. The exhibition is on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Acco...
Treasures have been saved ? to remain in Plovdiv
11/4/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on an article in the today?s Maritsa newspaper)\r\nTwenty pieces of Thracian and Greek art and about a thousand silver and gold coins were exhibited yesterday in the halls ...
Dr Ivan Chomakov is Plovdiv Mayor for a second mandate
11/3/2003 12:00:00 AM
Yesterday, November 2nd, 2003, the Plovdiv run-off balloting was held between Dr.Ivan Chomakov, representing the coalition Democratic Forces Union, and Dipl.Eng.Zachary Georgiev, the candidat...
Autumn Contracting 2003 (Oct.28th ? Nov.2nd)
11/1/2003 12:00:00 AM
Autumn Trade Show at the Plovdiv International Fair GroundsTomorrow, Nov.2nd, the 2003 AUTUMN CONTRACTING will be closed. AUTUMN CONTRACTING is a Plovdiv International Fair exposition, schedule...
A good idea regarding the Day of the Leaders of the National Revival has been born
10/31/2003 12:00:00 AM
Each November 1st all Bulgaria celebrates the Day of the Leaders of the National Revival. This year, a group pf patriotic Bulgarians initiated the future construction of a ?Memorial Temple of Spiri...
An opportunity for the TEREM Military Aircraft Repair Works in Plovdiv
10/30/2003 12:00:00 AM
Based on an article in the Maritsa newspaper\r\n The military attaches of 16 countries, ten of which NATO members, visited the Plovdiv branch of the TEREM Military Aircraft Repair Works...
The fastest karate master in the world, Tadashi Yamashita, on his second visit to Plovdiv
10/29/2003 12:00:00 AM
?Days of Japanese Culture in Bulgaria? celebrated for the 14th time A week ago, as part of the ?Days of Japanese Culture in Bulgaria?, a karate demonstration has been organized, with the s...
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...