Preparation of bread “Kulak style”

The Kulak is a ritual bread from Pirin village. A decoration is made on top of the bread depending on the particular celebration – Christmas, Easter or a wedding for example. For the wedding, two of these breads are used with a banitsa in between as a base to support a ‘wedding tree’ or trapeza which is on the table in front of the best man. The trapeza is decorated with greenery, flowers and whole apples. The Kulak and trapeza is a symbol of good wishes for the young couple and a wedding tradition still observed today.