Bulgarian Razpeti Petak, Good Friday
Good Friday, also called Holy Friday, Black Friday, Great Friday and Razpeti Petak in Bulgaria is a holiday observed primarily by adherents to Christianity commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. It is the saddest and the hardest day of the year.
Bulgarian Orthodox Christians are marking Good Friday, the day that commemorates the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion.
Based on the scriptural details of the Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most probably on a Friday.
Friday in Holy Week is the anniversary of the Crucifixion, the day that Jesus was crucified and died on the cross.
Churches all over the country are serving masses to mourn the crucified son of God. The priests take out of the altar a special icon called plashtenitsa and put her on the coffin of Christ.In Bulgarian tradition, the “coffin of Christ” –in reality, generally meaning a table set up in the church – stays for a week in the church and people crawl underneath for health and fertility.
Fasting is especially strict on this day – the Church advises believers not to have any food at all, and to not even drink water. Few Bulgarians, however, are usually that strict.
Those who have missed the egg-painting tradition in the early hours of Holy Thursday, can still do so on Saturday, but not earlier, according to Bulgarian tradition.