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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 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), ?...
Flower Autumn'2003 (15.10.2003 - 19.10.2003)
10/16/2003 12:00:00 AM
Specialized Exhibition of Flowers, Ornamental Plants, Garden Equipment and SuppliesAt the moment, Plovdiv hosts the traditional Specialized Exhibition of Flowers, Ornamental Plants, Garden Equi...
Book exhibition-and-sale at the Ivan Vazov National Library. 25 photo-exhibitions in the Old Town.
10/15/2003 12:00:00 AM
(The information is based on newspapers articles)A book exhibition-and-sale will open today, Oct.15th, at 11 am, in the lobby of the Ivan Vazov National Library. The exhibition is running under...
EURO 2003 (European Chess Championship in Plovdiv) with the participation of 161 grand chess-masters
10/14/2003 12:00:00 AM
At the moment, in Pavilion 3 of the International Plovdiv Fair, takes place the European chess championship for teams. The championship started last Saturday, Oct.11th, and will close on Oct.20th. ...
Interest for building of hydroelectric power stations in the region
10/13/2003 12:00:00 AM
Water Reservoir Administration of the southeastern region of Plovdiv is subordinate to the Ministry of Environment and Waters. Its main goal is to issue licences for water-usage and usage of water ...
Forthcoming cultural events in Plovdiv
10/10/2003 12:00:00 AM
(The information is based on publications in the local newspapers)\r\nWe would like to inform you about three of the forthcoming cultural events in our city: 1. The Golden ...
A Bulgarian film chosen to compete for an Oscar Nomination in the ?Best Foreign-Country Film? Category
10/9/2003 12:00:00 AM
(In the today?s issue of the Maritsa newspaper we can read an extensive interview of the journalist Dessislava Hadjieva with the film director Ivan Nichev about his film latest ?Travelling to Jerus...
Dzhendem Tepe Hill ? an idea for its preservation and future
10/8/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on an article in the Maritsa newspaper)The Hills of Plovdiv are much more than just a natural phenomenon. They have always taken part in the life of the city and intend to be a part of i...
The German tourists back to the Rhodope resorts
10/7/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on an article in the Maritsa newspaper)\r\n After a ten-year break, the leading German tour-operator TUI starts sending German tourists to Pamporovo again. Contracts have been si...