The week before the Orthodox Easter was a very nice one…:) On the Tuesday /April 14th/ hubby and I went to talk with the director of Minnie’s school… You see, after my daughter graduated from Elementary School, she passed some exams to be accepted at one of the three special classes in her school… She did quite well and could actually choose between the three classes /Bulgarian Language and Literature, Maths and English/… And she chose to study at the English specialized class /with 7 English lessons per week/.;) Unfortunately she just couldn’t adjust to her new classmates as she is very hard-working and ambitious and they aren’t…:( They started isolating and offending her and as a result she didn’t feel well in that class…:( Anyway, the reason why we talked with the director was that we wanted to move her to the Maths specialized class… And we did – right after the Easter holidays Minnie started attending the Maths class and she got accepted there very well /as most kids there have the same attitude towards learning as her/…:) Let’s hope she’ll be happy in the new class!!!;)
In the evening we went to ‘Happy Bar and Grill’ to celebrate Minnie’s moving to the Maths class and we had a wonderful time there as always!!!:)
The following day, April 16th /Thursday/ was Constitution Day, so hubby and I both had a professional holiday.:) We worked as usual, but in the evening we treated our kids dinner at the KFC restaurant in the mall…:) Something they were both very happy about!!!:)
The following day /Friday, April 17th/ after work we drove to Karlovo to celebrate the Easter holidays with my inlaws. Unfortunately something really unpleasant happened that evening - the area under my left eyebrow swelled all of a sudden...:( It was painful and looked quite scary /my left eye got totally closed because of the infection/...:( I went to the emergency and they prescribed me antibiotics. After the Easter holidays I went to my GP and she sent me to a surgeon... The surgeon told me that it was a small tumour which needs to be operated, but the swelling has to be reduced first… So he prescribed me some ointment and told me to visit him again the following Monday /which was actually today/. The swelling quickly disappeared, but it was quite uncomfortable to wear a bandage on my face for a whole week...:(
When I visited the surgeon today, he advised me to wait a few more days for the operation, and postponed it until May 7th… Luckily he allowed me to stop using the bandage, which was such a relief...;)
It’s a shame that such a thing had to happen during one of the most important holidays, but there was nothing I could do about it…:( Of course, we didn’t miss the main details of the Easter celebration…;) On the Saturday before Easter /April 18th/ my mother-in-law and the kids painted the eggs…:) According to the tradition, the first egg should be painted in red /symbolizing the blood of Jesus/. The oldest woman in the house uses this egg to rub the forehead and cheeks of the children for good health, saying 'May you be healthy, white and red!':) This egg is then kept in the home /next to an icon/ till the following Easter.
Bulgarians have a rich and abundant lunch for Easter.:) Painted eggs are essential, along with the 'kozunak' /a sweet bread cake, made of yeast dough, milk, eggs, sugar and butter/ and roasted lamb or goat.:) People greet each other with 'Christos voskrese' /which means ‘Christ has risen from the dead’/ and the reply to this greeting is 'Vo istina voskrese' /’Indeed he has risen’/.;)
As the family gathers around the table, everyone selects an egg, which is then knocked together with the others to find the victor /the strongest egg/. :) Needless to say, this is exactly what my kids /and especially Vanyo;)/ love most about Easter – the ‘egg fight’!!!;)
An important part of Easter in Bulgaria is the visit that married couples pay to their 'kumove' /the people who have been the witnesses at the wedding and become godparents later/. This visit is a symbol of great respect.:) The guests and their 'kumove' exchange painted eggs, 'kozunak' and sweets. Of course, we visited our ‘kumove’ and had a wonderful time as always!!!;) After the visit we packed and drove home.
We had the Easter Monday /April 20th/ off as well, which was great as we could relax at home after the visit with my inlaws /which is always somewhat tiring for me/.
Last weekend was a very quiet one.:) On the Saturday we went to have late lunch at McDonald’s /a new McDrive has just opened very close to our home, so we were curious to visit it;)/. We also watched a few movies - 'Hotel for Dogs' /a cute movie for the whole family:)/, 'Echelon Conspiracy' /an OK action movie which so much reminded me of 'Eagle Eye' but was not as good...:P/, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' /an average comedy movie with some really funny moments:)/.