Trifon’ Day is a holiday in honour of St.Trifon who is patron of the winegrowers, tavern-keepers and gardeners. Early in the morning of the first of February the mistress of the house kneads and bakes a loaf of bread , which is decorated with wine leaves. She also prepares a hen cooked with rice or groats. Then she put the bread, the hen, a wine vessel and a bottle of holy water in a brand new woolen bag. The master of the house takes the bag and togather with the other men of the village they go to the vineyards. Every man visits his own vineyard and the first thing he does there is to make the sign of the cross facing the sun. Then he cuts three roots from three different vines and then he pours out some wine over the cut spots and makes the blessing: “As many drops of wine, that many grapes in the vine”. This ritual is called “zarejazvane” (cutting).
     After that every winegrower sprinkles his vineyard with holy water which is done for rich harvest and prevention of hailstorms. After the cutting of the vines the men gather around one table set in the vineyards. In some region of the country before sitting by the table the men choose “a king” first and he is the one to lead the feast. “A king” may become every man, but it is usually the richest or “the luckiest” one that is chosen and thus the harvest will be very rich too. The chosen king raises the wine vessel, cuts some vine and pronounces the blessing: “on every vine a quarter of a bushel, from every quarter a full tub of wine”.
     After the feast the whole group goes to the village lead by who the others carry on their shoulders. The men visit every house in the village. The master of the house serves them wine in a white pot presenting it first to the “king” and then to the others. The wine which remains in the pot is then poured on the king with the words: “For the rich harvest and for wine overflowing the thresholds”.    
    After the men have paid a visit in every house of the village they go to the “king’s” place and he is obliged to serve wine to then all. The holiday is also known as “Trifon the Drunkard”, because the “king” must inevitably get drunk so that there will be a rich harvest in the vineyards.
     In some regions of the country there are many other magical rituals performed on this day. In the region of Skopje dust is spread around the vineyard so that the grapes will grow bigger. In some other places, the men dig hole in the middle of the vineyard where they bury a bottle of holy water. This is done for prevention of hailstorms.
     With Trifon’s Day the Wolve`s holidays begin.

     Church Holiday: Saint Trifon – a saint-healer, who cured the daughter of the Roman Emperor Gordian and thus became a celebrity. He was sentenced to death by Dekius Trajan and died like a martyr.

     Ritual Table: unleavened bread, hen with rice or groats, baked flat sausages, omelette, cheese-cake.

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Posted: April 15, 2012 in From Bulgaria with love

Originally posted on Paganec:

This is for you, futur explorer of my country. Beware of the stuff that you heard and the stuff that you know, because they will be your peril. Tread cautiously through this land and accept everything as it is, because this is a place of chaos and uncertainty,  of inexplicability, where you can loose and find yourself, without even wanting neither of the two.
Wander freely and BREATHE! Sensе your surroundings. Drink, smoke, have sex, curse the authority and don’t demand anything from anybody, do not judge, because here you are still free to be HUMAN.

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 Този месец включва в календара си едно събитие, което се осъществи на 14-април и неволно съм притеснен…притеснен съм отново от повсеместната свин….както и да е… знаем се….

 На връх Великден решихме да отидем до „Света Богородица”, за да подчетем празника и евентуално да занесем пламъка вкъщи…и още на път, по главната се започна– крясъци и пияни хора от пощата до на майната си, викове „Честит ви Великден уе селяни-и-и”. Между тях щъкащ цигански спам, продаващ по 1 кинт малката свещ, пробутвана с лозунга „За здраве, бате!”… 
 Към стария град– още по-страшно. 17-18 годишни оформени кифли, слизат от лъскави брички, паркирани до сами църквата. Големи батковци с торбички „McDonald`s” се движат  от другата страна. Свиркания, псувни – това е ясно.  A горе– ад! : гъчканяк, прожектори, тонколони, телевизионни камери, плазми и в центъра – голяма сцена. Какофонията е пълна, а аз съм пиян от простотия. Кулминацията настъпва, когато мазните попове излизат и започват да редят нещо за „най-светлия празник” и „тревожните времена, в които живеем”. В същото време няк`ъв, облечен в черно расо, говори по GSM-а зад сцената… Какво е следващото? „Изпратете sms за „Христос Воскресе на кратък номер”….? Мизерници!

Исках да си тръгна, а още не знаех на какво съм дошъл. Затова стоях и се смеех…. на всичко! Смеех се на църковното буфо, на собствената си простотия, на яйцата в джоба и на горящия пламък в ръцете ми.

 Изведнъж започна да кънти „Христос Воскресе”, отговорихме, че е така, чукнахме се и се обърнах да си тръгвам….някой сложи ръкa на рамото ми и каза „Имаме резервации за “Versai””.Тривиално и гадно…..
Ебах майката на всичко, дигнах се и отидох да пия на „Джумаята“.

Name days

Bulgarian Name Days are the Bulgarian expression of a custom practiced in most countries in which the Eastern Orthodox and Greek orthodox religion is the official denomination.

A Name Day is a day of the year set aside on the calendar of the Bulgarian Orthodox church to celebrate the name and life of a certain Saint. Everyone named after that specific saint has cause for celebration, somewhat similar to a large scale birthday.

Some name days are associated with certain specific traditions. For example, on St. Nick’s Day a stuffed carp has to be cooked and served at dinner, while on St. George’s Day a lamb must be prepared.

Even though name days in general are usually associated with saints in Bulgaria some of them are in honor of important figures from the history of Bulgaria.

Interesting fact about the celebration of Name days in my country is that whenever someone of your friends has one you are obliged to go to his house and celebrate with him. And for this you don`t need any invitation. You just go.

A quite good and modern approach on our folklor music. “Bulgara” is relativelly new music formation which does a lot of experimenting not just with Bulgarian rhytms but as well as dub, beatbox, pure electro and IDM.

Video  —  Posted: April 6, 2012 in From Bulgaria with love
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