• Anelia Krumova

Holy Thursday - the day filled with the most symbolism

On Holy Thursday, Jesus celebrated the Passover at the home of a resident of Jerusalem. Before evening, He ritually washed the apostle's feet with the words, "I came not to serves, but to be of service." During the supper, He distributed bread and wine to His disciples - His body and blood, thus establishing the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist (Communion).

During the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples that he would be betrayed. On the night before Thursday, He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane until the traitor came, and His death was attended on Holy Thursday. It was confirmed by the procurator of the Roman province of Judea, Pontius Pilate, who, for fear of being elected, did not dare to repeal it. He then publicly invented his hands as a sign that he was not guilty of the Sanhedrin's decision. That evening Jesus was crucified.

Maundy Thursday hides a lot of symbolism. The day is associated with things, which must not be done and with things that must necessarily be changed. Some of the traditions associated with this day have survived to this day, and for others we have only heard from grandparents.

Old people in the past on Maundy Thursday did not harness cattle for plowing or any work. On this day no garden work is performed, as well as sewn and knitted.

Maundy Thursday is a day of cleansing and purification.Unlike other days during Holy Week, Holy Thursday is not only allowed to clean the house, but is also mandatory. All kinds of vectors and unnecessary things are thrown out of the house, which will free up space for new wonderful experiences and emotions. That is why the day is also called Maundy Thursday - a time when we purify not only the home, but also our thoughts and soul. If cleaning is recommended today, washing is prohibited. It was believed that if women switched to Maundy Thursday or spread laundry to act on them, they would cause hurricane winds and hail. It is also not allowed to lend money or belongings from home.

During Holy Week (most appropriate on Holy Thursday), grandmother's advice to exchange children's haircuts for the first time. Young girls can also tear them to grow long and thick.

On this day the eggs are painted. In the past, children got up early in the morning and watched which hen would lay an egg first. This hen is not slaughtered because she had brought Easter. This egg was painted first. The first painted red egg is pl