EASTER RURAL VACATION IN BULGARIA
Easter is the most important church celebration in Bulgaria. On this day all Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The week before Easter is called Holy Week, saturated with different beliefs and rituals.
On Holy Thursday we prepare the dough for the ritual breads that are made on Friday or Saturday. Ritual cakes are rich in decoration and must attend one or more red eggs.
On Holy Friday, the day on which Jesus was crucified, is forbidden to work: it is believed that the work on this day will only bring trouble. Believers go to church to bow to a shroud symbolizing the sheet, in which was wrapped and buried Jesus Christ.
On Holy Saturday eggs are painted as the first should be red, symbolizing the resurrection and the blood of Jesus. The oldest woman in the family paints the first egg and makes the sign of the cross on the foreheads of children first and then the other members of the family, for health. Then the egg is placed before the icon of the Virgin Mary and is kept until the next Easter. In some parts, the egg is buried in the farm lands, for prosperity and to protect the crops. Saturday evening, at midnight with bell ringing and candles, Christian believers welcome Easter and greet with "Christ is Risen" and "indeed risen."
The next day relatives and friends shall be distributed eggs and ritual breads for peace of the souls of the deceased.
Adventure Trails invites you to Bulgaria during the Holy Week, when you can merge into the atmosphere of the great holiday and be part of centuries old local traditions.Day 1. Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to the town of Devin, beautifully located in the heart of the Rhodope mountains. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2. Breakfast. Visit to a hot mineral pool – Devin is one of the largest SPA centers in the Balkan peninsula. Lunch in a local traditional restaurant. Transfer to Shiroka Laka – an open air architectural and ethnographic museum, where we will have a tour and observe the typical Rhodope old style settlement. Transfer to the marvelous village of Trigrad, located between the vertical walls of the surrounding hills. Accommodation at a local family owned guesthouse. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3. Breakfast. Visit to the remarkable Trigrad gorge with the Devil’s throat cave and the nearby Yagodina cave. Lunch at a local tavern. Transfer back to our accommodation. It is time to witness and feel the spirit of the great religious celebration: preparation of the Kozunak – the typical Easter sweet bread, and painting of eggs. Dinner. Midnight visit to the local church for the traditional Easter praying and the three circles walk around the temple. Overnight. Day 4. Breakfast. Today is Easter: our hosts will roast the lamb and show us all the traditions of this celebration: the egg knocking – a true fun for the children, visit to the farm animals and crops and saying prayers for their health. Traditional Easter lunch. Free time for leasure. Dinner and overnight. Day 5. Breakfast. Transfer to Sofia. Short tour of the capitol’s highlights: “St. Alexander Nevski” cathedral, the National theater, the Rotunda “St. George”, the Royal palace, the ruins of ancient Serdica, etc. Departure from Sofia airport. Price includes:
- All the accommodations, mentioned in the program
- All the dinners, mentioned in the program
- All the breakfasts, mentioned in the program
- All the lunches, mentioned in the program
- All the transportations
- The instant assistance of a licensed, english speaking guide
- All the tickets for museums and hitorical monuments
Price does not Include:
- All the drinks, during dinners
- Tips and personal expences
Minimum/maximum participants: 4 to 14