14 февруари 2006

Trifon Zarezan - Vinegrowers Day

Trifon Zarezan is celebrated in the first half of February. It is an old occupation-related custom. On this day, observed throughout the country, the vines are pruned and sprinkled with wine. Ritual songs and dances are performed around an abundant spread, involving also many wishes for a plentiful harvest. In some areas, a Vine King is chosen and he is crowned with a wreath of wine twigs. Everybody treats him with great respect, for it is believed that fertility would depend on the Kings well-being.


This is a picture from the village of Topoli, Bulgaria, taken today, which shows how Bulgarian celebrate the Vinegrowers Day .

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