Bulgarian Folklore Tradition: Every House With New Clay Pot on Good Friday

Society » CULTURE | April 10, 2015, Friday // 16:53
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Folklore Tradition: Every House With New Clay Pot on Good Friday Photo: Bulgarian National Radio

According to an old Bulgarian tradition, everyone should buy a new clay pot for their house on Good Friday.

The folklore tradition has not been forgotten even in the capital, where thousands of people were spotted shopping for the clay items of their choice, BGNES reported.

Some of the clay objects are used for cooking, as plates, or even as water bottles. The intricate and colorful decorations are a specialty in several regions across Bulgaria, including Mramor - a village near the capital Sofia.

''It could be a small item, but it needs to be some kind of a clay pot or a house decoration,'' said the owner of a popular clay souvenir shop in the center of town.

The lady is a fourth-generation clay pot masters, and her children are working alongside in the family shop as well.

''Lately, more and more people are starting to go back to the folklore traditions, to the true Bulgarian customs,'' she commented.'' This is so nice, really, because these are our arts and crafts. I am very glad that ever more young people are turning to their Bulgarian roots, to tradition, to culture that have preserved our nation together.''

Local tradition states that the pot one buys needs to be glazed, as when Mary Magdalene asked Jesus Christ for forgiveness of her sins, she collected her tears in a glazed clay pot.

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