Wed, Jun 19 2013
A CRACKING GOOD TIME: Bulgarian Easter traditions include the painting of eggs which, apart from the sacred first red egg, are destined for battle in the ‘choukane s yaitsa’.
Photo: Yana Kiselova
FIRE AT MIDNIGHT: Orthodox Christians exchange ‘holy fire’ as midnight brings Easter. The traditional greeting is ‘Hristos vozkrese’ (‘Christ has risen’). The response is ‘Voistina vozkrese’ (‘He has risen indeed’).
Photo: Georgi Kozhuharov
TRADITIONAL: Kozunak, as much a part of Easter in Bulgaria as painted hard-boiled eggs, roast lamb and red wine.
Photo: Tsvetelina Nikolaeva
The ‘Holy Fire’ emanates from Jerusalem to be hailed by Orthodox Christians on the eve of Easter Sunday.
This year, Easter Week is shared with Protestants and Roman Catholics, even if there are differing rituals.
Bulgaria is proving to be a magnet for Romanian holidaymakers this Easter with some extremely reasonable deals being snapped up.
A presidential call for a promotional campaign, a legislative attempt at reform, and some signs of growth in hardy soil.
Mixed reception in the Balkans and abroad for Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut.
Bulgaria, like the rest of eastern Europe, still has a poor image in the UK press.
The State Security scandal is likely to prove damaging but not, ultimately, destructive.
A cutting-edge guide to ice skating in Sofia and other cities.