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As the spring season ushers in a sense of renewal and rejuvenation, Bulgaria prepares to celebrate one of its most cherished holidays - Easter. In 2024, Easter in Bulgaria is set to be observed on May 5th, following the Orthodox Christian calendar, which often differs from the Gregorian calendar used in the Western world.

Easter Traditions in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, Easter is not just a religious holiday but a cultural phenomenon, deeply embedded in the nation's traditions and customs. The celebration begins with Lazarovden (Lazarus Saturday), symbolizing the end of Lent and the arrival of spring. This day is marked by a traditional ritual called 'lazarki,' where young girls dressed in colorful outfits sing and dance, heralding the resurrection of nature.

The following week, known as Holy Week, is filled with preparations and anticipation. One of the most significant traditions is the painting of eggs, typically done on Holy Thursday. The first egg is always painted red, symbolizing the blood of Christ, and is kept until the next year for good luck. Bulgarians also bake sweet bread called 'kozunak,' a staple during Easter celebrations.

Another unique Bulgarian tradition is the 'egg fights,' where individuals gently tap their eggs against the eggs of others. The owner of the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of good luck.

Easter Sunday and Monday in Bulgaria

Easter Sunday in Bulgaria begins with a midnight church service, leading to the most joyous moment - the proclamation of Christ's resurrection. People greet each other with "Christ is risen!" and the response "Indeed, He is risen!" This day is spent with family, enjoying a feast that includes the painted eggs and 'kozunak.'

Easter Monday is also significant, known as 'Wet Monday.' On this day, a playful tradition ensues where people splash water on each other, a gesture believed to bring health and prosperity.

The INTERNATIONAL Hotel & Casino Easter Offer

Amidst these beautiful traditions, the INTERNATIONAL Hotel & Casino in Bulgaria offers a special Easter holiday package for 2024, valid from May 1 to May 7. This unique offer is a perfect way for guests to immerse themselves in the Bulgarian Easter experience while enjoying luxurious hospitality.

The offer includes accommodation with breakfast and dinner, featuring festive buffet events that allow guests to taste traditional Bulgarian Easter dishes. For families, the hotel provides a children's animation program, ensuring that the little ones are engaged and entertained throughout their stay.

Guests will also have access to the hotel's wellness facilities, adding a touch of relaxation to their holiday experience. Room rates vary based on the type of accommodation and occupancy, and options for additional meals and accommodations are available.

This Easter package at the INTERNATIONAL Hotel & Casino not only provides a luxurious stay but also offers a unique opportunity to delve into the heart of Bulgarian culture and tradition. Whether you are looking to participate in the festive Easter customs or simply want a relaxing holiday, this offer caters to all.

In conclusion, Easter in Bulgaria is a time of vibrant traditions, family gatherings, and joyous celebrations. The 2024 Easter offer at the INTERNATIONAL Hotel & Casino is an invitation to experience this festive season amidst luxury and culture. For more information on the offer and to make reservations, please visit this link