On April 21, 2022 – the Holy Thursday, from 11.00. until 12.30 the traditional painting of Easter eggs and sports games took place on Sveta Nedelya Square and was attended by over 250 children from the capital’s schools. At 12.30 a festive procession started with children carrying icons and baskets of painted eggs, led by clergymen of the Sofia Holy Metropolis. The festive procession took the following route: from Sveta Nedelya Square – Vitosha Blvd. – Alabin St. – Graf Ignatiev Blvd. to the Church of the Holy Septuagint. The children were greeted by the temple priests, who gratefully accepted the Easter eggs and cards with icons for the people in need. A donation of the painted eggs was also made to the medics from the Military Medical Academy, who received baskets of colorful joy and gratitude from the children for their care for all of us. The host of the event was Nadezhda Panayotova, the Bulgarian voice of one of the favorite Disney cartoon characters – Elsa.
The event is also part of the cultural program of Sofia Municipality, it is supported by the local administration and is organized by the Sofia Holy Metropolis, the Sunday School at the Church of the Nativity, the Sunday School at the Church of St. Martyr Paraskeva, Association of Bulgarians with Asthma, Allergy and COPD, Bulgarian sports development association (BSDA), Theater Company “Empty Space”. Darko Team Athletics School contributed to the sports smiles, which besides with the sports specialists, joined in with an attractive mascot that delighted the children – the Darko wasp.
During the event the children got acquainted with the sports activities within the #SPORTolerance initiative, co-funded under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, which aims to contribute to further human capacity development in sport through development of set of mobilities for sport coaches that will include both educational modules and modules for exchange of good practices in the field of using sport for prevention of radicalization and building tolerance and solidarity.