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Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve is one of the most significant and well-kept family celebrations in the Bulgarian calendar, associated with rich rituals and special solemnity.

As it is typical for many holidays, the ritual table occupies a central place on Christmas Eve. On the last day of advent, the meals are only lenten. On Christmas Eve, the table must be rich and abundant to make the year fruitful.

The number of dishes must be odd - seven, nine, eleven. This is because of the symbolism and meaning of numbers in Bulgarian folk culture. Due to their incompleteness, odd numbers are associated with life, and even numbers are associated with death.

Ritual bread takes an honourable place on the table. Their symbolism focuses on abundance and fertility. It is no coincidence that a silver coin is stirred-up in the bread as a symbol of prosperity. The round shape of the bread (also known as "bogovica" or "badnyak") symbolizes the circle of life and the endless repetition of the annual cycle. The decoration of the bread is also important. Traditionally, a cross is made at the upper edge so that God protects the home and the family. The bread is decorated with a sun, grapes, wheatears, hoping the t the year will be blessed and abundant.

All around the country, burning incense on the ritual table, and then around the whole house is a respected ritual. It is believed that in this way, the home is consecrated and purified and ready to welcome the new year.

As the whole family gathers around the table, the eldest breaks the bread. He sets aside a piece of it for Mary, the Mother of God, the house, the property, and each family member, starting from the eldest to the youngest. The belief is that whoever gets the silver coin will be the happiest and luckiest in the new year.

When the dinner is over, the table is not cleared. It is believed, on Christmas Eve, the heavens open, and the souls of the dead relatives visit the home and have dinner.

Delivery

We ship our orders with Econt Express. The cost of delivery is at the customer's expense and includes insurance, cash on delivery fee, if applicable, and courier service. The total delivery cost is formed based on the chosen method of payment and the method of delivery.

Orders received by 3 p.m. on working days and chosen payment method cash on delivery or credit card are processed and shipped on the same day. Orders received after 3 p.m. or during the weekend, are processed and despatched on the next working day.

Each shipment has the "Check" option. In case the customer decides to return the order, the delivery and return costs are at the expense of the customer.

You can also get your order from the Bulmint showroom in Plovdiv at 24 Otets Paisiy Str.

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Silver medal for the Christmas Eve bread, 8g

Metal Silver Weight 8 g Purity Fine Silver 999.9 Edging Smooth Quality Proof Diameter 24 mm Available 136 pcs.
43.00 BGN

The silver medal for Christmas Eve’s bread is made of 8 grams of fine 999.9 silver in the size of 24 mm (the size of a 1 lev coin). It is minted in proof quality with high relief and exceptional image detail.

The design is dedicated to one of the most important and revered Bulgarian traditions - to stir a silver coin for good luck and fruitfulness in the ritual bread on Christmas Eve. The round shape of the bread (also known as "bogovica" or "badnyak" ) symbolizes the cycle of life and the endless repetition of the annual cycle. A cross is made at the upper edge so that God protects the home and the family. А sun, grapes and wheatears should be formed as decoration, with the hope that the new year will be abundant and blessed.

Tradition dictates the coin will bring good fortune in the year ahead for the one who finds it in their piece.

On this holy night, may there be health, peace and warmth in your families!

Before use, take the coin out of the coin capsule and wrap it in household aluminium foil. You can now put the wrapped medal in the bread. After use, wash the medal carefully and put it back in the capsule.

Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve is one of the most significant and well-kept family celebrations in the Bulgarian calendar, associated with rich rituals and special solemnity.

As it is typical for many holidays, the ritual table occupies a central place on Christmas Eve. On the last day of advent, the meals are only lenten. On Christmas Eve, the table must be rich and abundant to make the year fruitful.

The number of dishes must be odd - seven, nine, eleven. This is because of the symbolism and meaning of numbers in Bulgarian folk culture. Due to their incompleteness, odd numbers are associated with life, and even numbers are associated with death.

Ritual bread takes an honourable place on the table. Their symbolism focuses on abundance and fertility. It is no coincidence that a silver coin is stirred-up in the bread as a symbol of prosperity. The round shape of the bread (also known as "bogovica" or "badnyak") symbolizes the circle of life and the endless repetition of the annual cycle. The decoration of the bread is also important. Traditionally, a cross is made at the upper edge so that God protects the home and the family. The bread is decorated with a sun, grapes, wheatears, hoping the t the year will be blessed and abundant.

All around the country, burning incense on the ritual table, and then around the whole house is a respected ritual. It is believed that in this way, the home is consecrated and purified and ready to welcome the new year.

As the whole family gathers around the table, the eldest breaks the bread. He sets aside a piece of it for Mary, the Mother of God, the house, the property, and each family member, starting from the eldest to the youngest. The belief is that whoever gets the silver coin will be the happiest and luckiest in the new year.

When the dinner is over, the table is not cleared. It is believed, on Christmas Eve, the heavens open, and the souls of the dead relatives visit the home and have dinner.

Delivery

We ship our orders with Econt Express. The cost of delivery is at the customer's expense and includes insurance, cash on delivery fee, if applicable, and courier service. The total delivery cost is formed based on the chosen method of payment and the method of delivery.

Orders received by 3 p.m. on working days and chosen payment method cash on delivery or credit card are processed and shipped on the same day. Orders received after 3 p.m. or during the weekend, are processed and despatched on the next working day.

Each shipment has the "Check" option. In case the customer decides to return the order, the delivery and return costs are at the expense of the customer.

You can also get your order from the Bulmint showroom in Plovdiv at 24 Otets Paisiy Str.

Read more >>

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