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Bulgarian Folk Traditions in Februaryby unknow autor, resurch and traslated by Ann Wood

Folk rituals, customs and beliefs: February - Little Sechko:

Trifunzi, Wolf Holidays, St. Trifon - February 1, 2, 3
The Holy Martyr Trifon, after a cruel torture for the faith of Christ, was slaughtered with a sword during the reign of Emperor Deckey in 248.
St. Trifon is considered the guardian of the vineyards. This holiday, which lasts for three days, is celebrated by all winegrowers, gardeners and pubs. It's also called Trifunzi.
The first Trifunets is dedicated entirely to St. Trifon. During this day, some rituals are known, known as cutting and cutting of vineyards and choosing Trifon or so-called. king of the vineyards.
Early in the morning, every man who has a vineyard goes there, carrying a colorful woolen bag in which the landlady has put a fresh pie, stuffed, boiled, and then a roasted chicken and a glass of wine. In the bag is placed and bottled with water with the ashes dissolved in it, which is pre-sanctified in the church by a priest. Separately carry some ash from the hearth. When he arrives at the vineyard, the owner first crosses over and sprinkles with the holy water the three jars from which he will cut the sticks. Sprinkle them with ash. He cuts three sticks from each bale, crosses again, and pours the diced jars with a little wine from the bottle. With this rite it is considered that the vineyard is already burnt. Then all the neighbors growers gather in one place and arrange the table. In the middle, there are flowers wrapped with basil and red threads. They also put three cut vine sticks. When done, proceed to elect Trifon or the vineyard king.
It is optional. The one who wants to become, just takes the wrist and the others declare him king. Usually, this is a happier and more affluent person because there is a lot of expense on the holiday. They put wreaths of vine sticks on the king's head and shoulders. After eating and drinking, everyone heads to the village. The king is at the head of a cart towed by his fellow villagers. The procession runs past all the houses where they are being pumped, watering the newly-elected king with wine, and blessing him with the words: "Come on, let's have a beret. Cross the thresholds! "
Wine flows from the king's clothes, wet to the bone. Then he decides to change clothes and invite the winemakers to his home. He had prepared a ram of ox or ox before to feed them. According to custom, the king is obliged to welcome and send guests throughout the day, leaving no one hungry and thirsty. He must be drunk himself. Along with it, others are getting drunk. Only then, according to popular belief, it is believed that there will be a banquet on the vineyards. Thus ends the first day of Trifunzi.
The second day of Trifunzi is the Divination of the Lord. The women knead the cakes and give them to the two most respected houses. Nothing works all day. Observations and predictions are made, for example:
If you receive money that day, you will receive money throughout the year. If you give, you will give throughout the year.
If the weather is nice on this day, it will be 40 days.
If it is raining on Trifunzi - bees will swarm well in summer.
It is also believed that when a person comes out of his home, whatever happens to him, good or bad, that will be his luck throughout the year.
The third Trifunets is named Semen, Simon, Mother of God. On this day, people knock their heads into each other to escape snakes and lizards; they don't cut down trees, they don't cut anything. Young and childless women, if they wish to obtain a child, prepare a large corn pie, break it, and pass it on to their neighbors. A second such pie is worn in the church and broken in front of the candle-lit icons.
On February 1, 2 and 3, wolves are also celebrated to prevent mischief. Nothing works during these three days. No scissors are opened to close the wolves' jaws during the year. Cakes are also kneaded, which are placed in the cattle of the cattle so that the wolves do not attack him.
Suitable dishes for the holiday are: sheep meat, soda, boiled chicken.

Holy Name, Holy Reverend Agathia - February 5:
On this day only married women do nothing. They celebrate to keep their husbands alive. They go to church, light candles, and pray fervently to the Lord to give their husbands many years, life, and health.
Plague Day, St. Haralampius - February 10
The holy martyr Haralampi was cruelly tortured for the faith of Christ and slaughtered with a sword in the city of Magnesia in Thessaly in 1988.
St. Charalampy is depicted on the icon of tormenting the plague and keeping it locked in a bottle. Of all the evil spirits and diseases that God sends to men for punishment for their sins, the plague comes first. To appease her, they decided to dedicate her in her honor a feast called Chumine Day. The following rituals are performed: in the morning, the house, yard and barns are cleaned and washed early. Bread is baked and some guest is made separately. While the bread is baking, honey is carried in the church, which is smoked by a priest. Then it is smeared with bread, smoked from the landlady and distributed to pieces in three houses for the aunt's health - the so-called plague. The remaining honey is retained throughout the year.Then everyone goes out to the end of the village with bread, wine and food. There, they submit the plague's "health". They think that she will be merciful to them.

Holy, St. Vlasius - February 11:
Holy Martyr Vlasius, Bishop of Sevastia in Capadonia, was ordained to the faith of Christ in 316 AD.
The people call this holiday Holy, St. Vlas. It is celebrated especially for the health of oxen and sheep, not to become ill with the deadly disease of the hairs. These are small hairs in the gut and stomach of ruminants. Her name and the feast of St. Vlas have nothing in common. It's just a coincidence.
In order to have the disease over animals, a feast named after her is called Vlas. The rite is as follows: It is compulsory to mix two stakes - one is dedicated to St. Petka and the other is to St. Vlas. The stake called St. Vlas is smoked in the barn and in the animal's basket, broken into small pieces and mixed with the oxen and sheep. It is thought that in this way they will be protected from the disease.
The second stake, called St. Petka, is also smoked and smeared with honey or petmez (racha). It breaks down early in the morning and is handed to neighbors for "gross health". They say, "Help St. Vlas!" And begin to resemble a roar of cattle or sheep bleating. Because of this torture in many places, the holiday is called the Holy Day.
In some regions of Bulgaria, they slaughter an ox and make a bullock that day. Elsewhere the oxen of the river or well are taken early. Two cows are put on their horns. After the oxen are drunk, one cow is immersed in the water, broken, and given to the animals to eat. The second is distributed to those present there or to those who were met along the way to the health of the oxen.
Suitable dishes for the holiday are: ritual bread and muffins, sheep meat.




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