December 7, 2017

Christmas in Kapana, Plovdiv

It’s time for Christmas in Kapana! Christmas in Kapana district is something you don’t want to miss! It’s that time of the year again. When the weather’s cold, but the coats are warm, the streets are empty but the restaurants are full and the windows festive. The Christmas trees are up, snow is soon to cover the pavement, red wine is most desired and ugly sweaters are up on sale. The flags are gone, instead green festoons are hanging from the colorful houses. Sparkly, shiny and fancy, the decorations are up on doors, glasses and sidewalks.  The Christmas bazaar soon will make Kapana a very special (and yummy!) place in the city! Warm wine, tasty wursts, sweets and the wonderful smell of the holidays will greet everyone who goes there! You can find the Christmas spirit everywhere around.  The craftsmen of the neighborhood have prepared special goods for this magical time of year. Small snowflakes, reindeer and snowmen will greet you behind the windows of their shops. There’s your chance to […]
May 1, 2016

“Hristos Voskrese” or Happy Easter from Bulgaria

Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays. Easter is the day when Jesus Christ has risen from the dead three days after his crucifixion on Good Friday. The date of the holidays changes every year as it is connected to the first full moon after the coming of the spring. But it’s always on Sunday. Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the tulips, the crocuses and the daffodils. It is also the holiest day in the Christian calendar (followed by Christmas). Easter is recognized as a legal holiday in most countries with a significant Christian tradition. The preparation for Easter starts the week before – Holy Week. On Great Thursday all the families paint eggs in different colors, predominantly in red (as a symbol of the blood of Jesus Christ). That can be done on Saturday before sunrise too. The first egg is always painted red to symbolize the blood of Christ and should be put aside – either to be buried […]
April 24, 2016
Palm Sunday In Bulgaria - St. Lazar's Day - Free Plovdiv Tour

Palm Sunday In Bulgaria

Palm Sunday is a moveable feast celebrated a week before Easter by all Christians. Palm Sunday marks Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. On the previous day – Saturday – Jesus Christ raised Lazar from the dead. The holiday is named after the resurrected Lazar (St. Lazar’s Day). Traditionally, on St. Lazar’s Day from 6 to 7 lassies walk around the town/village. They perform a variety of customs connected to the holiday. Most often they sing praises to all the family members. It is believed that a house visited by the young ladies (also known in Bulgaria as ‘lazarki’) will have good luck throughout the whole year. On Palm Sunday willow twigs are sanctified and given away. Everyone takes one and brings it home as it is a widely spread belief that these twigs not only bring health and happiness, but can also heal a diseased person. The willow twigs symbolize the palm trees placed on the ground by the people as Jesus entered Jerusalem. He came into the town on a […]