Bulgarian Folk Festivals and Customs III

Summer Folk Calendar

SAINT GEORGE'S DAY

is among the most important folk festivals. It is observed on May 6 and has a strongly occupational content, marking the beginning of trading activity and stock-breeding for the year. Its expressive rituality has been preserved to date. On the night before St. George's Day, young boys would pick blossoming willow twigs to decorate the house, the pens, and the livestock for health. During the night, the sheep were turned out to grass because that night's dew was believed to have a curative power. During the day, the table was laid with ritual bread and dishes, merry songs were sung, accompanied with the traditional wishes for joy and abundance.


On St. George's Day

 

GHERMAN

 

 

NESTINARI

 

SPASSOVDEN

 

ENYOVDEN

 

 

GOLYAMA BOGORODITSA (Assumption Day)

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