Traditional Bulgarian easter eggs. Watch this film for a step by step guide to make your own Bulgarian painted eggs.
The traditional day to paint eggs in Bulgaria is Veliki Chetvurtuk, or Great Thursday, and Velika Subota, or Great Saturday.
The number of eggs painted is according to how many people are in the family, aunties, grandparents, brothers, everybody!
The first Bulgarian Easter egg to be painted is always red, and is painted by the oldest woman in the household.
While this egg is still warm and the paint is still wet, she paints a cross on the children’s foreheads, and then she does the same to the rest of the family.
Every guest to arrive at the Bulgarian house is given an egg.
The Bulgarian tradition is for two people to take an egg each, holding the egg thin side up they strike each others eggs. After this they reverse the eggs and do the same.
If one person is left with an unbroken egg, he is proclaimed the ‘Boorak’.
According to tradition, this person will be the healthiest person in the family for the whole year.