Holy Week is the last
week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is
observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact
the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through various observances
and services of worship.
See the appropriate days on the festival calendar links.
The days from Vrubnitsa to
Easter are called The Great Week and are also known as the Passion
Week. Each of those days is called great because it is full of
sufferings and traditions. The preparation for the Easter holidays is
strictly determined day by day.
The first days - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
are said to be for cleaning the house, washing and giving a bath to
the children which is done as a symbol of health. On Wednesday women
are not allowed to weave, spin or sew.
On the Great Thursday women paint the eggs. This day
is celebrated as a protection from the hail and that is why women do
not work and men do not reap. The same restrictions go for the next
six Thursdays (until Spasovden).
At the morning of the Great Friday Christ has been
crucified. The hostesses prepare kozunak (Easter cake) and other
Easter cookies on this day.